Jesup, GA – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is facing outrage from some in the community after it posted a video of a handcuffed detention officer being “stripped of his authority” and having his shirt cut off by a jail official (video below).
The Jesup Wayne Tactical Narcotics Team launched a two-week undercover investigation after the sheriff’s department received “credible complaints” and tips that a specific detention officer was smuggling contraband into the facility, WJCL reported.
The investigation determined that WCSO Detention Officer Dayton Beasley had committed a number of felonies, WBTW reported.
Detention Officer Beasley was arrested on charges that included violation of oath of office, trading with inmates without consent of warden or superintendent, crossing the guard line with a controlled substance, and more, WJCL reported.
Then a video that was posted to the sheriff’s department’s official Facebook page showed an officer stood the detention officer in front of a group of other detention officers in the Wayne County Jail and used scissors to cut his WCSO uniform shirt off of his back.
In the video, he turned Detention Officer Beasley to face part of the group and gave a brief lecture.
“You come to our jail and do this, this is what it’s gonna get ya,” the officer said.
“You’re a disgrace to this uniform and you need to go to jail for good,” he told Detention Officer Beasley in the video.
“Anybody else, this is a warning,” the officer continued. “Come to our jail and bring this with you. And you will go to jail. We will prosecute you.”
“Get out of here,” he told Detention Officer Beasley, giving him a little shove.
Some members of the community were outraged to see the detention officer humiliated as he was being arrested, WBTW reported.
WCSO ultimately took the video down, but it also posted a Facebook message that said they had posted it “as a show of transparency.”
The statement said Wayne County Sheriff Chuck Moseley hadn’t been aware of the video and apologized to those who had criticized the decision to share it, WBTW reported.
“To all that has seen the video that we have removed, I want to say that the post was put up as a show of transparency,” the statement read. “When Sheriff Moseley ran, his platform included numerous pledges, 1 which was transparency. We felt that everyone wanted to know what was going on and feel this video did just that.”
“There was no property damaged that belonged to the young man shown and as far as embarrassed, I am sure he was embarrassed from the get go,” the post continued. “I have read where people said what was there and even a picture showed up of drug related items. All I can say is the truth will come out as to what all was involved in the charges.”
“Sheriff Moseley in no way knew that the video was being posted, it was a decision made on other levels,” the statement read. “For the ones that supported the post, thank you for your support and for the ones that opposed the post, I apologize.”
WCSO announced that Detention Officer Beasley “has been stripped of his authority and status as a Detention Officer with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office,” WTOC reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: