Published on: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A Georgia sheriff who had ordered several detainees to be strapped to restraint chairs for hours at a time while handcuffed was found guilty on six of seven counts on Wednesday of violating their civil rights (article available here).

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill showed no emotion as the unanimous verdict was read aloud just after 4 p.m., on the fourth day of deliberations. 

The jurors found Hill willfully punished six of the seven detainees in the case without justification. The detainees were men, ages 17 to 50 at the time they were forced into restraint chairs, between December 2019 and May 2020.

The guilty verdict came about 18 years after Sheriff Hill was first elected in 2004. He lost a runoff in 2008 but reclaimed the office in 2012, despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges. A jury later acquitted him of all 27 felony charges.