CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. — Startling footage obtained by Action News JAX has exposed yet another incident of excessive force at the Camden County Jail.
The video captures a disturbing scene where a corrections officer violently shoves an inmate into a door, leaving the inmate unconscious while escorting him to an isolation cell.
Following the release of the video, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) took action, resulting in the arrest of the involved officer.
The incident, which occurred on July 3, has raised serious concerns about the treatment of inmates at the Camden County Jail.
The arrested officer has been identified as 37-year-old Joshua Beauchamp, who now faces charges of aggravated assault, false statements, and violation of oath of public office.
In response to this troubling incident, national civil rights lawyer, Harry Daniels, stepped forward, representing three clients who have also reported being victims of abuse by corrections officers at the same facility.
“I’ve been around the block and seen a lot of cases, but I’ve never seen to be this severe especially when a national spotlight had been placed on the jail already,” Daniels told Action News Jax.
Among his clients are Zyaire Ratliff, who was seen being beaten by an officer in April, and Jarrett Hobbs, who faced a similar fate at the hands of three deputies last year.
“It’s a culture of misbehavior mindset that should not be wearing uniforms in carrying out the duties of Camden County,” Daniels stated.
The Camden County Facebook page reveals that Joshua Beauchamp had been in his position since 2015, prior to the recent incident. This revelation has led to calls for more rigorous screening and training procedures for corrections officers.
While Daniels insists that comprehensive re-training within the facility is crucial to address the issue at its root, he believes the arrest of Officer Beauchamp is a positive step by Daniels.
“But the fact he got arrested shows that the Camden County District Attorney is serious about prosecuting officers who violate their oath of office,” Daniels expressed.
Action New’s Jax law and safety expert says the video of the incident showcases inexcusable conduct by the officer: “Shoving a person in the context of a correction situation is not the approved behavior by any means.”
Carson says the county is responsible for their employee’s behaviors. But he adds change will not happen unless both parties cooperate.
“So that means inmates must behave themselves,” Carson said. “And professionals have to behave themselves as well because that’s part of their skill set.”
At the time of writing this story, Joshua Beauchamp was bonded out one hour after being booked. His bond was set at $10,000 for all three charges.
As the investigation unfolds, the focus remains on ensuring justice for the victim and preventing further instances of misconduct within the facility. Action News JAX will continue to follow this developing story and provide updates as more information becomes available.
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