A former Brown County jailer has been indicted for allegedly using excessive force against an inmate.
The Brown County Grand Jury handed down a sealed indictment on May 3 for official oppression against Michael Hall, 30, 35th District Court records state.
Hall was arrested May 9 and released the same day on $5,000 bond.
Hall is accused of mistreating inmate Joshua Allcorn on July 9, 2006, court records state. Hall, who went to work as a jailer in 2002, was terminated on Jan. 11, 2007, Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said.
He said Hall’s termination was unrelated to the July 9 incident. He declined to elaborate.
Authorities allege in the indictment that Hall “subjected Allcorn to mistreatment by using excessive force to remove rings from his fingers, or assaulted him by knocking him to the floor while handcuffed, or by striking him with the defendant’s hand” while acting as a correctional officer.
“We’re required to hold our people accountable for their actions, and we take that very seriously,” Grubbs said. “Jailers routinely get put in situations where they have to use force, the same as police officers, and they have to be careful to use just enough force and know when to quit.”
Grubbs declined to comment on the specifics of the allegation. He said Texas Ranger Nick Hanna investigated the incident. Hanna could not be reached Friday for comment.