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Sheriff's Office responds to allegations of attack of former inmate

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office is responding to the NAACP's demand for the arrest of a deputy who attacked an inmate in jail.

At Monday's Moral Meeting of the NAACP, former Muscogee County inmate Christopher Russell claimed he was brutally attacked by two Muscogee County deputies in July 2013.

On Tuesday, officials released documentation of the incident. The documentation states in part:

"On July 1, 2013 a Deputy assigned to the Muscogee County Jail was involved in a confrontation with inmate Christopher Russell. Supervisors at the county jail conducted an initial investigation and determined that the Deputy had initiated the contact by striking Russell in the back with a sandwich. 

"The investigation further showed that Russell turned around, after being hit by the sandwich, and confronted the Deputy which led to a brief scuffle between Russell, the Deputy, and a Correctional Officer who offered assistance. 

"The incident started with Russell beating on the cell block door while loudly complaining about not receiving his midday sandwich. Russell became so upset about not receiving his sandwich that he invited the Deputy into his cell block to fight and repeatedly used derogatory language…"
 

Their full response can be read in the PDF at the top of this story. 

[WARNING: The document contains strong language allegedly used by Russell] 

Mobile users can click this link to view the document: 
https://www.scribd.com/doc/264287865/Muscogee-County-Sheriff-s-Office-response

The sheriff's office further stated the deputy was suspended for three days without pay after a formal investigation determined the deputy did, in fact, violate policy.

According to the documents, another deputy was fired shortly after the incident for unrelated reasons.

The NAACP will present their case in front of city council at their regular meeting next Tuesday.

We have reached out to Russell's attorney and the Columbus branch of the NAACP for comment, but have not received a response yet. 

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