HOUSTON – An inmate says a jail guard beat him and it was all captured on camera.
Charlie Love Jr. was serving a three-month jail sentence for assaulting a police officer when he said a guard decided to punish him more.
Love is seen in surveillance video being beaten by a guard in the Harris County Jail in December 2011.
“As I walked, he stole off on me, and when I woke up, he was choking me,” Love said.
Love spoke with reporters along with community activist Quanell X outside the jail. Quanell said while the deputy – Narvin Jack – was fired in 2012, the District Attorney’s office declined to file charges.
He also said the deputy not only committed the crime, but lied about it in interviews with the office’s Internal Affairs Division. Quanell said Love himself was never interviewed by investigators about the incident.
Chief Fred Brown with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said since the deputy was terminated, he didn’t know what else the department could do.
“This is not the norm that goes on in the department,” said Brown, “However when it does occur, we deal with it swiftly as we did in this case.”
Brown said Love was indeed interviewed by Internal Affairs.
KHOU contacted the District Attorney’s office. They did not have an immediate response as to why charges were not filed in the case.