The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has fired a detention officer for excessive use of force.

DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said a former Detention Officer was placed on immediate administrative leave Dec. 30, 2020, following an incident on Dec. 28, 2020, involving excessive uses of force with an inmate.

An investigation by the agency’s Office of Professional Standards upheld charges that the officer’s actions were “unjustified, inappropriate and not consistent with the agency’s training to achieve the objectives of compliance and restraint.”

“We will not tolerate any violation of policy regarding the use of excessive force with inmates in our custody,” Maddox said. “Our recent citizen review of the Use of Force Policy and the subsequent revisions we made to this policy underscore that commitment.”

The officer had received basic and advanced Use of Force training each year since being employed in 2018. The officer is charged with excessive use of force and conduct unbecoming. An appeal to the termination can be filed.

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