HOUSTON—A Texas grand jury has indicted five detention officers for the September 2016 beating of a jail inmate.
Assistant Public Defender Jules Johnson says evidence shows that inmate Jerome Bartee spoke with detention officers before they threw him on the ground and beat him.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Bartee required screws, stitches and a plate to reconstruct his face and shattered eye socket.
Four of the officers were indicted for aggravated assault by a public servant, which is a felony. The fifth officer was indicted on misdemeanor assault.
Warrants were issued for their arrests following the grand jury's decision.