RALEIGH — The Wake County Sheriffs Office has charged one of its detention officers with assaulting an inmate.
Jamaal Rali Covington, 30, of Gwynn Oaks Road in Raleigh was fired on May 29, one day after the alleged assault, for conduct unbecoming an officer, according to Capt. James Stevens, a sheriffs spokesman. On June 6, he was charged with one misdemeanor count of simple assault, according to a criminal summons filed at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
Sheriffs investigators have accused Covington of striking inmate Joshua Frazier, 25, of Raleigh in the head with his fist, according to the summons.
Frazier had been brought to the jail on May 25 on charges of assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon. He remained in custody Thursday under $4,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on July 10.
The charges against Covington were filed one day after another inmate, Shon Demetrius McClain, was severely injured during an altercation with detention officer Markeith Council. McClain had been on life support at WakeMed since the June 5 incident and was pronounced dead on Monday, according to his lawyer.