A third video of the brutal beating of Jarrett Hobbs by deputies with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia was released today during a rally and press conference for the 41-year-old Black man.
The video, which was released by the attorneys for Hobbs, reveals a third angle of the vicious attack and gives more insight into why he was beaten. The video also includes audio of Hobbs’ screaming as officers punched and kicked him. One officer can be heard threatening to “break your [EXPLETIVE] thumb” if Hobbs refused to let go of a piece of paper he was holding.
“Since when does kicking a door warrant a vicious beating?” Sellers said during the press conference. “Since when are officers allowed to break your thumb just because you’re holding a piece of paper? The simple fact is that Jarrett Hobbs is lucky to be alive and, if there weren’t cameras recording the whole thing, we would have never known why.”
Also revealed in the video was the interaction officers had with one another after the incident with Hobbs.
“These officers beat Jarrett Hobbs and then laughed about it when it was over,” Daniels says, pointing to one point in the video where the officers can be seen patting each other on the back after the beating. “It’s clear that these officers don’t care. They’re proud of beating an unarmed man who posed no threat to them and they don’t think anyone is going to hold them accountable.”
In the first video, which was released earlier this week, Hobbs can be seen in his cell at the Camden County Detention Center on Sept. 3, 2022. A few seconds later multiple deputies burst into the cell and began beating him for no obvious reason, punching him in the head and body multiple times. The scuffle continues as the deputies drag Hobbs from the cell, throw him against a cinder block wall, and kick him repeatedly while he is defenseless. A portion of Hobbs’ hair was also pulled out during the brutal attack.
After the attack deputies denied Hobbs medical treatment and placed him in solitary confinement where neither his family nor anyone else could check on him. They then charged Jarrett Hobbs with assault.
He was originally arrested for speeding, driving with a suspended/revoked license, and possession of a controlled substance. (All non-violent offenses).
Outrage from the release of the first video prompted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to open an investigation into the incident. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office announced that they will also be opening an internal investigation this week.
A reporter from WJXT tweeted that the deputies involved in the beating of Hobbs have been placed on administrative leave, but no word if the leave will be paid.
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