A gang of Camden County sheriff’s deputies in Georgia were caught on video beating an inmate in a small locked cell. The officers all appear to be white. The prisoner is 41-year-old Jarrett Hobbs, a black man.
Hobbs is pinned against a wall by guards and repeatedly punched in the head and neck after five deputies enter the cell. Hobbs doesn’t seem to be fighting back or resisting. Hobbs was charged Sept. 3 with traffic violations and drug possession in Camden County, about 100 miles south of Savannah.
Civil rights attorneys Bakari Sellers and Harry Daniels are urging authorities to file criminal charges against the Camden County sheriff’s deputies who mugged Hobbs.
“There was (absolutely) no reasoning, no justification, no reason, no subject to debate, no legal justification to go into that cell with a man sitting there and beat him up,” Sellers told CNN Nov. 16.
Sellers served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for the 90th District from 2006 to 2014. He is the author of “My Vanishing Country,” a memoir about the lives of forgotten working-class black men and women in the United States in 2006. Sellers made history when the Democrat at age 22 defeated an incumbent state representative at 26 and became the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest elected African-American official in the United States
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Camden County Sheriff’s Office Jim Proctor said an internal investigation should “begin immediately” months after the incident.
Federal court records in North Carolina, where Hobbs was on parole for a federal criminal conviction in 2014, say guards entered Hobbs’ cell because he repeatedly kicked his cell door and refused to obey orders to stop, the AP reported first reported the story.
Hobbs is seen alone in a cell, standing by the door, then turning to face the bed and picking up two items believed to be a piece of paper and a sandwich. A guard bursts into the cell and grabs Hobbs by the neck, trying to back him into a corner. Four officers come in behind him. They continue to beat Hobbs.
Photo: Twitter, Screenshot of video footage of inmate Jarrett Hobbs being beaten in his holding cell by Camden County Sherif on September 3.