CAMDEN COUNTY, GA — Startling footage obtained by Action News JAX has revealed another incident of excessive force at the Camden County Jail.
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The video shows a disturbing scene as a corrections officer forcefully pushes an inmate through the door, leaving the inmate unconscious, and escorts him to the isolation room.
Following the release of the video, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) took action resulting in the arrest of the officer involved.
The July 3 incident raised serious concerns about the treatment of prisoners at the Camden County Jail.
The officer arrested was 37-year-old Joshua Beauchamp, who is now charged with aggravated assault, making false statements and breaking an oath in the line of duty.
National civil rights attorney Harry Daniels responded to this disturbing incident by representing three clients who also reported being abused by corrections officers at the same facility.
“I’ve been around and seen a lot of cases, but I’ve never seen them so serious, especially when the nation’s attention was already on the prison,” Daniels told Action News Jax.
CONNECTED: A grand jury indicted three former officers involved in the beating of an inmate at the Camden County Jail.
His clients include Ziairi Ratliff, who was seen beaten by an officer in April, and Jarrett Hobbs, who suffered the same fate at the hands of three MPs last year.
“It’s a culture of inappropriate behavior where you can’t wear a uniform while on duty at Camden County,” Daniels said.
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The Camden County Facebook page shows that Joshua Beauchamp had been in office since 2015, until the recent incident. This revelation led to calls for stricter screening and training procedures for corrections officers.
While Daniels called Officer Beauchamp’s arrest a positive step, he insists that comprehensive retraining at the facility is critical to addressing the problem at its root.
“But the fact that he was arrested shows that the Camden County District Attorney is serious about prosecuting off-oath officers,” Daniels said.
Law and security expert Jax of Action New says the video of the incident shows the officer’s unforgivable behavior:
At the time of this writing, Joshua Beauchamp has been released an hour after being booked. His bail was set at $10,000 on all three charges.
As the investigation unfolds, the focus remains on securing justice for the victim and preventing further instances of misconduct in the facility. Action News JAX will continue to follow this evolving story and provide updates as more information becomes available.
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