Sheriff's office investigation in Barrow County

Sheriff's office investigation in Barrow County

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BARROW COUNTY, Ga. -

Four employees are now off the job at the Barrow County Sheriff's Office.

Barrow County sheriff deputies responded to a call of a missing toddler in July. They were called out to Quail Court in Winder.

The little boy was found but the mother's boyfriend, 23-year-old Shane Reese, was arrested for giving a false name, drug possession and previous arrest warrants.

Sheriff Jud Smith says when Reese was put into custody and tried to get up from a prone position, Deputy Bradley Arnold struck him in the face.

"He gets up, when he does the deputy grabs him by the shoulder and slings him in front of a truck and just ‘pop' you hear it,” said Sheriff Smith.

Sheriff Smith says an internal affairs investigation determined Deputy Arnold lied about his treatment of Reese.

Arnold was fired and another deputy, Brandon Willis, quit in lieu of termination for also lying about the incident.

Lt. Candler Pace, a third employee and 18 year veteran, quit before getting fired.

Sheriff Smith says it was for altering documents.

"Some of the wording that made the case in fact go against Mr. Reese," said Smith.

Kimberly Kennedy, who called 911 when her grandson turned up missing, says Reese was arrested on legitimate grounds even if it wasn't done the right way.

"I think they should have been removed I didn't see no cause for them to hit Shane at all,” said Kennedy.

In another case, jailer Lydia Maddox quit before getting fired for sexual relations with a former inmate. Maddox, at one point, took his calls from another jail while at work.

Sheriff Smith says all the cases involve violation of policy.

"We owe it to the public. They trust us to be above board and I want the public to know our employees are going to do the best they can,” said Smith.

The GBI is investigating to determine if criminal charges could be filed against the officers involved in the excessive force case.

In the Case of excessive force the GBI has the video recording of it and is trying to determine if the peace officers broke any laws.

It will be up to the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council to determine if they will work in law enforcement again.

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