Attorneys call for DA to investigate repeated excessive force at Clayton County Jail

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Several attorneys say that inmates at the Clayton County Jail are abused so often for no reason that the District Attorney needs to investigate.

A lawsuit against Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill that was filed earlier this month alleges that Hill routinely violated the civil rights of inmates in his care.

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As several attorneys representing clients they say were brutalized inside the jail took to the steps of the Clayton County courthouse as they detailed the crimes they claim were committed against their clients.

“He was lifted from his feet, thrown face first into an elevator. He suffered permanent injuries,” said attorney Harry Daniels of his unnamed client.

Attorney Lisa McNary says that her client was repeatedly beaten by jail staff, placed in a restraint chair and tased.

She says that this abuse “[left] Mr. Aires with a traumatic brain injury and left eye blindness.”

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These attorneys are asking Clayton County District Attorney Tasha Mosley to open up a grand jury investigation.

Mosley told Channel 2′s Tom Jones by phone that when she hears about deputies using excessive force, she takes the case before a grand jury. She says that several deputies were on a May grand jury docket.

Mosley also said that she does not want to interfere with the federal government’s investigation at the jail and indictment of Sheriff Victor Hill.

“There’s no good excuse not to investigate this,” attorney Darryl Scott said.

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Mosley says the grand jury routinely tours the jail and writes a report on what they find.

Channel 2 Action News reached out to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office for a comment but have not yet received a response.