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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

County Jail Corrections Officer Fired for Use of Excessive Force

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 12:11 PM

[image-1]On Oct. 26, 2017, a Cuyahoga County jail corrections officer named Martice Campbell struck an inmate with a closed fist twice while the inmate, who posed no threat, was sitting at a table.

That's according to a disciplinary letter from the county's human resources department on Dec. 12 to Campbell informing him he'd been fired. (You can read the full letter below.)

Few additional details are available, other than a note that once the inmate was on the floor, Campbell stood over him in a threatening manner. The incident was caught on video and Campbell admitted to the assault during the course of the internal investigation.

The dismissal caps an ignominious year for the county corrections department. 2017 saw an officer arrested and convicted for dealing drugs off duty, an officer prosecuted for illegally using a police database to stalk his ex-wife and her boyfriend, supervisors disciplined for improper investigations into alleged use of force complaints, officers disciplined for bringing jail issues to the attention of local media, a steady stream of inmate/inmate and inmate/guard altercations, and a persistent problem of smuggled contraband, including drugs, making its way into cells.

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