2 Chatham County deputies resign after hitting inmates during altercations

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - WTOC has learned two Chatham County deputies have resigned after both of them had separate physical altercations with inmates.

Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher held a news conference Wednesday. He said the first incident happened between a sergeant and an inmate back on April 23. The inmate under restraints head-butted the sergeant and the sergeant hit him back three times. The second incident took place on May 9. A captain and three officers were conducting a hearing in a lockdown when the inmate in restraints became disruptive and stood up and spit in the captain's face. The captain then hit the inmate two or three times. Officers pushed him back and then the captain spit in the inmate's face.

Sheriff Wilcher says he can't tolerate this kind of behavior.

"I'm not tolerating my officers doing anything like that. I'm not tolerating inmates doing anything like that to my officers. It's a sad occasion. One of them was a 26-year veteran and another was a 17-year veteran, but I cannot have that," Sheriff Wilcher said.

The two officers were given the choice to resign or be fired. Both cases have been turned over to the district attorney's office for review.

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