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5 officers indicted in violent beating of Harris County inmate
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(From left) Jeremy Ringle, Andy Rowell, Napoleon Harmon and Josh Degler are all facing charges of aggravated assault by a public servant, a first degree felony.


Attorney Don Kidd said it took more than a year for the accused jailers to be charged in the brutal beating of Jerome Bartee.

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The new photos given to us by Kidd are difficult to look at, but show extensive injuries he received inside the Harris County jail last September.

His face is visibly swollen and bloody, and his eye is purple, black and severely damaged.

"He still has issues with his left eye," Kidd told Eyewitness News. "His vision has been impaired and it will be permanently."

Bartee was left with a broken nose and an eye socket damaged so badly, surgeons had to put a metal plate in his face. Doctors also said Bartee was left with facial nerve damage.

The former inmate alleges he was attacked by a group of officers during a trip to the medical section of the Harris County Jail.

Assistant District Attorney Jules Johnson said while evidence shows Bartee exchanged words with detention officers at the Baker Street jail, he was "beaten to the point he was unrecognizable."

Jeremy Ringle, Joshua Degler, Napoleon Harmon and Andrew Rowell have been indicted for aggravated assault by a public servant, a first degree felony.

These detention officers face the possibility of between five and 99 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.


Salvador Garibay was indicted on misdemeanor assault. He faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Arrest warrants have been issued for each of the indicted officers, who are expected to surrender.

"The evidence shows these detention officers cross the line when it comes to the use of force," District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement this afternoon.

"At the Harris County Jail, this isn't surprising," Kidd said,. "There's been a culture of abuse at Harris County Jail for a long time."





Five detention officers indicted for beating inmate
Harris County District Attorney's Office

 

A Harris County grand jury Tuesday indicted five detention officers for severely beating a jail inmate in September 2016.

 

“The evidence shows these detention officers crossed the line when it comes to the use of force,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “They caused severe injury to an inmate who needed screws, stitches and a plate to reconstruct his face and a shattered eye socket.”

 

Jeremy Ringle; Joshua Degler, Napoleon Harmon and Andrew Rowell were indicted for aggravated assault by a public servant, a first degree felony. They face a punishment of five to 99 years in prison, or a life sentence, and a fine of up to $10,000.

 

Salvador Garibay was indicted or misdemeanor assault. He faces a punishment of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

 

“A grand jury has determined that there is sufficient evidence these detention officers broke the law and that they should face trial for their actions,” Ogg said.

 

All were working at the jail at 1200 Baker Street at the time of the incident, which played out on the second floor of the facility on a Sunday.

 

The case was investigated by the Internal Affairs Division of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and presented to the Civil Rights Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

 

“The evidence shows that Jerome Bartee exchanged words with some detention officers,” said Assistant District Attorney Jules Johnson of the Civil Rights Division. “He was yanked to the ground by a number of Sheriff’s Office employees and beaten to the point he was unrecognizable.”

 

Following the grand jury’s decision, warrants were issued for the arrest of each defendant. They are expected to surrender, secure release on bond and be assigned dates to appear in court.

 

“These cases will proceed like any other criminal cases in Harris County,” Johnson said.