Ohio - 21 News has obtained the surveillance video of a confrontation
between a guard at the Mahoning County Jail and an inmate.
Two deputies are now on leave as a result of an investigation into the incident.
In the video, the sheriff's deputy can be
seen repeatedly striking inmate Duniek Christian. Deputies brought
Christian back to this holding cell in the basement of the courthouse
following his appearance on assault charges to change back into his
It's during that time period that the deputy can be seen inflicting the blows.
"It looks like someone, the deputy, might
have lost his cool and got upset and took it out on the inmate," said
David Engler, Duniek Christian's attorney.
Engler says his client suffered injuries and
claims he was denied medical treatment following the incident. Engler
indentified the deputy as Deputy William Horn.
"It's sort of shocking and very surprising to me, because I know the deputy," Engler said.
Deputy Horn, the deputy seen in the cell with
Christian, was suspended with pay as the sheriff's office continues to
Another deputy, Kip Danks, who was standing
outside the cell, has also been placed on leave. At least six other
deputies who joined Danks outside the cell are being questioned.
"I was horrified when I seen the film.
Somebody's going to have to pay the consequences of what happened
there," Mahoning County Sheriff Randal Wellington said.
Sheriff Wellington says Deputy Horn could face an assault charge.
Meanwhile, the question remains what provoked
the attack? Christian's attorney says it could be that sometimes
deputies have to deal with back talk from prisoners and that could have
led to the altercation.
The sheriff's office isn't commenting about a motive and the investigation continues.
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update of: Deputy Beats Inmate in Holding Cell in Courthouse
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Tags: ohio, court, incident, brutality, excessive, force
Location: Youngstown, Ohio, United States (load item map)
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