Magistrate recommends against tossing case against sheriff

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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department shows Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. A federal magistrate judge has recommended against dismissing an indictment accusing the Atlanta-area sheriff of violating the civil rights of people in his custody. The federal indictment against the now-suspended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill says he violated the civil rights of five people who were being held at the county jail. Prosecutors say he used excessive force against the men when he ordered them held in a restraint chair without justification and as punishment. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has recommended against dismissing an indictment accusing an Atlanta-area sheriff of violating the civil rights of people in his custody.

The federal indictment against now-suspended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill says he violated the civil rights of five people who were being held at the county jail.

Prosecutors say he used excessive force against the men when he ordered them held in a restraint chair without justification and as punishment. Hill’s lawyers argue that he is not guilty of any crimes.

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