The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is being called to evaluate possible criminal charges against a jailer accused of injuring an inmate, according to Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats.
Moats said he is asking for the investigation after he dealt with the matter internally. He said he is calling the GBI on Wednesday, May 22, about the matter and will turn over videotape showing the incident.
According to Moats, a Polk County Jail employee came to him May 20 and informed him that an inmate had received injuries last week after an altercation with a jailer.
The inmate was taken to the hospital with a minor head injury. He was treated and released from the hospital, and is out of jail on bond, Moats said.
Moats said he reviewed the videotape and felt the jailer’s actions were abusive. Moats said he fired the jailer, who had been employed at the jail since 2007, on Tuesday.
Moats said he isn’t releasing names of the jailer and inmate involved at this time because of an ongoing investigation.
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