Cuyahoga County Jail is under fire after footage of two of its officers were captured on camera beating a mentally-ill inmate in the head after turning off their body-cameras.
In the video, the guards strap Terrance Debose to a chair, place him in a small cell before raining down blows on his head.
Corrections Cpl. Nicholas Evans is the first officer seen in the video. He can be seen turning his body camera off before he proceeds to punch Debose who could not move his arms to defend himself from the attack. Debose suffered from a concussion following the brutal beating.
Timothy Dugan the other corrections officer, punches Debose in the face one last time and left him to set in the cell, bleeding for two hours after the assault.
The video was released to Cleveland.com by the jail.
Evans is now facing a felonious assault charge that carries a potential eight-year prison sentence if he’s convicted. Dugan is charged with misdemeanor assault, and both are charged with violating Debose’s civil rights. They pleaded not guilty at their arraignments back in April.
They have both been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
The victim's brother, Emmanuel Debose, has been fighting for justice since the incident:
“He said they beat him up bad,” Emanuel Debose said. “He said he wasn’t really able to talk because they’re recording the calls from the jail. He asked if I could get him some help, but I really didn’t know how to go about doing that type of stuff.”
“I want justice for him,” he said of his brother. “They don’t have the right to do that. You see so much police brutality. I just want justice served at this point.”