by: Mark Winne Updated:
JONESBORO, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned of new accusations of excessive force inside a local jail after surveillance video caught several officers in the act
, and the sheriff tells Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne the cover-up cost three officers their jobs.
"Officer (Enrique) St. Louis apparently was provoked by some statement that the inmate made and he came up and took the inmate away from
"Is it clear to you the inmate was not resisting or posing a threat in any way at that point?" Winne asked the sheriff.
"That's absolutely clear from the video," Kimbrough said. "The reporting of it after the fact and the creation of the cover up are certainly things that are intolerable. They speak directly to the integrity of our
Kimbrough said the inmate had been combative in an earlier situation in his cell but settled down. He was not resisting but still spouting off when
"Our initial complainant was the inmate's mother," Kimbrough said.
The sheriff said
Documents suggest five rule violations were sustained against St. Louis, three against
"Ron told the truth best of his recollection. He accurately related the facts of which he was certain," attorney Keith Martin said.
Martin said Wyatt did not cover anything up and did nothing wrong.
The sheriff says the excessive force by itself might have brought lesser disciplinary action, but the issue is what the officers did or didn't say afterwards.
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