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5 Texas jail guards indicted for beating inmate

HOUSTON — A Texas grand jury has indicted five detention officers for the September 2016 beating of a jail inmate.

Jules Johnson is an assistant public defender in Harris County. He says evidence shows that inmate Jerome Bartee spoke with some detention officers before they threw him on the ground and beat him.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says evidence also indicates that the Harris County Jail officers crossed the line with the amount of force they used. She says Bartee required screws, stitches and a plate to reconstruct his face and shattered eye socket.

Four of the officers were indicted for aggravated assault by a public servant, which is a felony. The fifth officer was indicted on misdemeanor assault. Warrants were issued for their arrests following the grand jury’s decision.