Georgia sheriff suspended over accusation of civil rights violations

Published: Jun. 3, 2021 at 4:35 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 7:39 AM EDT
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ATLANTA - Georgia’s governor has suspended a sheriff accused of violating the civil rights of several people in his custody.

In an executive order Wednesday, Gov. Brian Kemp said a review commission he appointed last month recommended the suspension.

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill’s lawyer says they are disappointed in this decision but remain confident he will be fully exonerated.

Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams was a member of the commission that recommended the suspension.

“That restraint is supposed to be monitored by a medical professional, and it’s very clear … that it’s never to be used at punishment,” Williams said.

A federal grand jury last month indicted Hill.

The indictment accuses the sheriff of repeatedly ordering detainees to be put in a restraint chair for hours even though they posed no threat and had complied with deputies.

The panel found that the charges in the indictment relate to and directly affect Hill’s ability to do his job in a way that adversely affects the public.

The court case is pending.

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