Alleged jailer abuse caught on camera

    10:29 AM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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    DALLAS, TX (CBS/KTVT) - Authorities at the Dallas County jail are investigating a case of abuse that was caught on camera.

    A woman is suing over what a jailer did to her, and a former prosecutor says he's never seen a case of brutality this bad involving a correctional officer. It happened inside the jail and is now the subject of a federal lawsuit.

    Rhonda Wells had just been arrested for DWI when surveillance cameras in the Dallas County Jail showed her being brought in for booking back in 2011.

    While jail officer Rachel Graham was going through the suspect's purse, Wells walked up behind her while handcuffed. The jailer turns around, extends her leg and slams the woman to the ground.

    Criminal defense attorney Toby Shook says, "It's pretty unbelievable I've never witnessed that type of assault by a corrections officer."

    Shook is a former prosecutor who says the he's never seen that kind of behavior in the county jail. He says, "The person was helpless in the fact that they were handcuffed and they really didn't appear to be any kind of threat to the detention officer."

    Moments after the take down, another jailer can be seen on the video wincing at what she had witnessed before walking away.

    No one attends to the injured woman who appears motionless, lying in a pool of blood while the detention officer involved casually goes back to work.

    Wells' attorney says she suffered multiple broken teeth and other facial injuries. The jailer who was fired was criminally charged but received probation.

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