Three detention officers from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office were arrested July 25 after being accused of mistreating an inmate.
After an internal investigation, officers Nelson Seals, Jean Bruno and Deborah Grier were charged in connection to the May 15 incident when a verbal altercation began with an unnamed inmate over use of the restroom.
The argument between Seals and the inmate, who had been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, turned physical. For his part in the incident Seals was charged with misdemeanor simple battery and a violation of oath of office.
The Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed that Bruno and Grier witnessed the incident and failed to stop it or properly report it to their supervisors. Because they failed to act and protect the inmate, the officers were charged with violation of oath of office.
All three officers have been suspended without pay pending termination. The Sheriff’s Office learned of the incident July 22 when a letter was received from the inmate’s attorney detailing the allegations.
Detention officer Emmett Kater was terminated for violation of oath of office and Officer Jean Silivus was terminated for refusing to cooperate with sheriff’s investigators. Two other employees face suspensions.
“I will not tolerate abuse by any of my officers against any person that they are sworn to detain prior to or thereafter their day before a judge,” DeKalb Sheriff Thomas Brown said in a statement.