3 Georgia sheriff’s deputies, all white, charged with battery after beating black inmate

3 Georgia sheriff’s deputies, all white, charged with battery after beating black inmate


The three Georgia sheriff’s deputies who beat Jarrett Hobbs, a 41-year-old Black man detained at the Camden County jail, either didn’t realize the cameras were running or simply didn’t care. They’ve been named as Mason Garrick, Braxton Massey, and Ryan Biegel, charged with battery, and booked into the same jail.

It’s obvious from the video footage that these law enforcement officers planned the beating: they waited outside the holding cell for a few moment, then poured into it and attacked the plainly unsuspecting inmate. Hobbs was arrested after a confrontation with a police officer, according to reports.

A relatively minor but significant problem with this case: local news coverage, showing the public-record video of these public employees beating someone up, anonymized the officers despite being sent by the vicitm’s lawyer. CNN ran the uncensored video on air, but wven now the only place I can find with the unedited footage in embeddable form (above) are ganked twitter copies of it with an activist’s voiceover.

We often mock the vague or passive headlines and exonerative language journalists use when writing about potential police misconduct, but I don’t think most Americans have any idea how completely dependent on law enforcement local media is for content and how meticulously ingratiating coverage of law enforcement is as a result. Just running this video would have been a night of sweaty anguish for the journos it was sent to, caught between the short-term consequences of offending their content benefactors and the long-term consequences of being exposed for failing to cover the story if it broke nationally.


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November 23, 2022 at 10:53AM

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