Georgia sheriff accused of civil rights violations suspended

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FILE – This undated photo provided by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department shows Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. Georgia’s governor on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, appointed a panel to determine whether Hill, accused of violating the civil rights of several people in his custody, should be suspended pending the outcome of federal charges. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor has suspended a sheriff accused of violating the civil rights of several people in his custody.

In an executive order Wednesday, Gov. Brian Kemp said a review commission he appointed last month recommended the suspension.

A federal grand jury last month indicted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.

The indictment accuses the sheriff of repeatedly ordering detainees to be put in a restraint chair for hours even though they posed no threat and had complied with deputies.

The panel found that the charges in the indictment relate to and directly affect Hill’s ability to do his job in a way that adversely affects the public.

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