Lawsuit Filed Against Georgia Corrections Officer Shown On Video Wrapping Chain Around Black Inmates Neck

Source: SeventyFour / Getty

Two years ago, 37-year-old Tremar Harris was a pre-trial detainee in solitary confinement at the Appling County jail in Brunswick, Georgia. Now, Harris has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against three correctional officers, one of whom can be seen in surveillance video wrapping a chain around his neck while he was in custody.

WARNING: Disturbing footage captures the brutality of racial injustice: Tremar Harris, a Black inmate, choked by a White jail guard in Georgia. William Rentz strangled Harris as three other officers watched. “Back in the cotton field with the other boys,” Rentz says to Harris.… pic.twitter.com/SOrD7ESkFF

— The Black Wall Street Times (@TheBWSTimes) April 17, 2024

According to CNN, Tremar Harris’ suit alleges Officer William Rentz placed “the chain of an unused leg restraint” across Harris’ throat while he was restrained in a chair, which the video clearly shows, and that Rentz “pulled the chain” against Harris’ throat and “strangled” him for a few seconds before letting go. Rentz was fired after the incident and is currently facing criminal charges of violation of oath of office and battery. He is also the defendant in a separate lawsuit filed by Harris’ attorneys in January. As for the other three corrections officers named in the latest suit, they’re accused of doing nothing while their colleague tortured a Black inmate.

From CNN:

Officers Daydan Brannon, Cannon Mcleod and Ansley Fennell failed to intervene or stop Rentz “from engaging in such an awful, unlawful, hateful, and sadistic act,” the lawsuit stated, saying the defendants “had the ability, opportunity, skill and time to prevent and immediately stop Officer Rentz from strangling the Plaintiff” but did nothing on Harris’ behalf.

The lawsuit further contends the observing officers “failed to document the unlawful use of force, report the unlawful use of force, nor did they document or report the statements that Officer Rentz made to the Plaintiff.

The lawsuit says Harris was deprived of his rights under the Constitution and Georgia’s state laws by the officers. Harris is seeking a jury trial and compensatory and punitive damages.

All four officers have been accused of entering Harris’ cell and shocking him several times with a “shock shield,” which the lawsuit describes as “an electrified shield design(ed) to deliver an electric shock to those who come into contact (with) it.” And since no story like this would be complete without an expression of blatant racism, the suit alleges that Rentz told Harris he was “gonna put you back in the cotton field with the other boys” while he was “strangling” him with the leg shackles he removed from the inmate after allegedly leaving him in the cell for several hours. Rentz’s civil attorney, Patrick O’Connor, denied all of the allegations against his client saying, “Mr. Rentz did not choke Mr. Harris and Mr. Rentz never made the offensive comments falsely attributed to him.”

SEE ALSO:

‘Reckless Brutality’: Video Shows White Cop Choking Unarmed Black Man In Louisiana, Lawyers Say

Tamir Rice All Over Again: Video Shows Akron Cop Quickly Shooting Black Teen Holding Fake Gun


The post Lawsuit Filed Against Georgia Corrections Officer Shown On Video Wrapping Chain Around Black Inmates Neck appeared first on NewsOne.

Help Stop Hate! Spread Love

Widely disseminated misinformation is extremely harmful and serves as a catalyst for hatred, violence and prejudice of every kind. This is counterproductive to the unification and strengthening of a nation. News outlets and journalists have a major responsibility to maintain a high degree of partiality and truthfulness that many Americans feel is not being honored. ADL, the Anti-Semitism Defense League is dedicated to offering impartial education on issues involving anti-Semitism to help Americans make informed decisions. A not-for-profit public service organization powered by Love, ADL provides free resources that educate society on anti-Semitism and ways to work together to combat the ancient hatred while promoting equality and prosperity for all people.

Free Download

Share:

Featured Articles

Breach of Contract and Conspiracy to Deprive of Civil Rights: An Evaluation of Potential Legal Claims and Criminal Charges Stemming from the Defamatory Social Lynching of Kyrie Irving

Basketball star Kyrie Irving captured the media’s attention when he faced allegations of anti-Semitism due to a social media post containing a link to the film, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.” Succumbing to external pressure, Irving removed the controversial post and offered a public apology. Nonetheless, upon further examination of the circumstances, it appears that Irving might have been criminally deprived of his rights, and could potentially possess a legal claim against his former employer for violating contractual terms.

Send Us A Message

News & Opinions