Police Abuse

Jailer Faces Charges for Assaulting Restrained Inmate

Handcuffed, under control and beaten

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An ex-jailer for Hall County has been charged with using excessive force on an inmate after a Sept. 8 incident that resulted in his firing.

Dustin Charlton was charged Wednesday with one count of simple battery, a misdemeanor, and one count of violation of oath of office, a felony, Hall County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said.

Hall officials said Charlton punched an unruly inmate on the head after the inmate was under control and in handcuffs.