BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The family of a man who was allegedly beat up by another inmate in the Brunswick County jail after a jailer encouraged it is looking at pressing charges against the inmate, officer and sheriff's office.
According to an email from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, detention officer Christopher Casselman was doing his rounds when the incident allegedly took place on August 15. The sheriff's office said inmate Saquan Jones had inmate Darriel Cokely's radio and would not give it back. Cokely allegedly told the officer he would hit Jones and Casselman allegedly told Cokely to do what he had to do.
Casselman was suspended on August 21. It's not known how long he was suspended for or if he is still under suspension.
Saquan Jones's brother, Barkim Jones said suspension isn't enough of a punishment.
"I would actually like to see them fire the man because of his involvement as lucrative as that and that way criminal actions can be pressed on the officer and the other inmate of course for being involved with the situation," Barkim said.
Barkim said his brother was seriously injured in a car accident in 2007. He said his brother has brain damage. Saquan is being charged with several drug and weapon charges.
"Their job is to make sure that he's taken care of. If they've got somebody assaulting him, then he's not being taken care of," Barkim said.
He said their mother met with Sheriff John Ingram and an internal affairs officer last week. Barkim said his family is planning to file charges against Casselman, Cokely and the sheriff's office next week.
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