A shocking video released from an Ohio county jail showed a corrections officer turning off his body camera before repeatedly punching a restrained inmate in the face, WKYC 3 reported.
Video shows Cuyahoga County corrections officers Nicholas Evans and Timothy Dugan taking turns punching the inmate, Terrance Debose, during the March 2018 incident.
It is unclear why Debose was removed from his jail cell and taken by wheelchair into isolation.
Evans can be seen speaking with the 47-year-old inmate, who suffers from an undiagnosed mental illness, before appearing to switch off the body camera attached to his chest.
Seconds later, Evans can be seen punching Debose in the face several times. In total, Evans punched Debose six times and Dugan twice.
Dugan is seen entering the frame to strike Debose, who was struck so severely that he suffered a concussion, the outlet reported.
The two guards left Dubose strapped in the chair for two hours as his face bled, reports Cleveland.com.
Evans and Dugan were indicted by a grand jury in April on charges of felonious assault, unlawful restraint and interfering with civil rights for the incident.
Evans was also charged with tampering with evidence.
The Hill notes that the two now-indicted corrections officers “were seen in a video released last month punching a woman, who also tied up in a restraint chair, and using pepper foam spray directly in her eyes.”
Emanuel Debose said his brother called him from the jail after the attack and gave him a brief explanation about what had happened.
“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.”