Video shows Georgia officials cutting uniform off jailer charged with contraband

WAYNE COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia sheriff’s office posted and then removed a video on its Facebook page showing officials cutting the uniform off of a jailer accused of multiple charges.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Jesup Police Department said it conducted a two-week long investigation into contraband items at the Wayne County Jail.

On Saturday, authorities arrested detention officer Dayton Beasley and charged him with violation of oath of office, trading with inmates without consent of warden or superintendent, crossing the guard line with a controlled substance and other charges.

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In a video that has now been deleted from its Facebook page, jail officials physically cut the shirt off Beasley’s back.

“You come to our jail and do this, this is what it’s going to get you,” the official said in the video.

The official then turned to Beasley, now shirtless, looked at him in the eyes and said, “You are a disgrace to this uniform. And you need to go to jail for good.”

ABC affiliate WJCL-TV was able to capture the video and posted it on its Facebook page.

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The video apparently caused controversy on Facebook, with the sheriff’s office saying some people opposed posting the video online. They later took down the video.

“For the ones that supported the post, thank you for your support and for the ones that opposed the post, I apologize,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.


The Wayne County sheriff and the police chief said this arrest serves as an example of their campaign against corruption in law enforcement.

“We strive hard to gain the trust and support of the public and Officers and Deputies that break that trust will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” officials said in a news related.

Authorities said they expect others to be charged in the investigation.

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