Georgia Prison guards resign after picture on Facebook of beaten up inmate dragged around like a dog goes viral

April 11, 2015 2:53 am

Two Georgia prison guards resigned yesterday after this photo of a
beaten teenage inmate with a leash around his neck was posted on
Facebook last week. The photo was posted from the prison by one of the
inmates with a contraband cellphone

Via NBC News;

Authorities also said two prisoners involved in the March 27 incident
were transferred out of the Al Burruss Correctional Training Center and
the victim, Cortez Berry, is now in protective custody at another state
prison.

The Department of Corrections did not disclose the officers’ names
or say whether they faced discipline before resigning.

Berry’s family told NBC last week that when they saw the disturbing
pictures posted on Facebook and went to the prison to investigate, the
guards were unaware that he had been beaten.

This is exactly what they posted on facebook

The relatives were horrified that Berry was initially transferred to
Smith State Prison, a notoriously violent lockup. Correction officials
portrayed that as an emergency stopgap measure.

Berry is now within protective custody at Macon State Prison, the agency said in a statement.

“In our continued efforts for the safety of our inmates, the Department
transferred the other two inmates involved to other facilities.
Additionally, both supervising officers involved in the incident have
resigned.”

The incident is still under investigation, the statement said.

Berry was imprisoned at Burruss for violating probation on charges of juvenile aggravated assault, robbery and car theft. 
He told his aunt that
the day before his 18th birthday, a group of fellow inmates tried to get
him to join a gang called the Gangster Disciples, and when he refused
they attacked him and took the photo.
“No guard was there to help him,” the aunt, Shavondria Wright, told NBC News.
The case highlighted
both violence in Georgia prisons and the growing use of smuggled
cellphones by inmates, sometimes to commit crimes.
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