Two officers employed at the Durham County Detention Facility have been fired and charged with simple assault and misdemeanor obstruction of justice.
According to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Don Baker, a mandatory review of inmate non-compliance reports showed detention officers Anita Louise Alston and Rachel L. Smith using force “beyond the amount reasonably necessary” to restrain an inmate. Both were fired and charged after a thorough investigation, Baker stated in a news release.
“Detention Officers work in a very difficult and complex environment. Many times they work in a Pod and supervise 50 or more persons, some of whom are hostile and suffer from mental difficulties,” Durham County Sheriff Michael D. Andrews said in a statement. “It is important that detention officers follow Sheriff’s Office guidelines when interacting with the inmate population. ...With this particular incident policies were not followed.”