Hearing scheduled for new federal charges against Clayton Sheriff Hill on Thursday

The sheriff appealed to the state Supreme Court in early February to have his suspension overturned after a higher court in Fulton County denied the same request in December. The Supreme Court transferred Hill’s claim to the Court of Appeals in mid-February, citing jurisdictional issues.

In the new superseding document, filed March 16, the grand jury alleged that Hill was accused of directly playing a role in each inmate being strapped to the restraint chair. He also reaffirms his charges in the cases of the five other detainees from the previous indictments.

In the new indictment, an inmate, identified only as “RP”, was jailed in Clayton in December 2019 after being charged with pointing a gun at two men outside his Jonesboro home. After being placed in a holding cell, Hill reportedly said, “B____, are you pointing a gun at someone? When RP denied the charge, Hill ordered prison staff to put him in the chair, according to the indictment.

“RP” alleged that he was restrained for hours and eventually urinated on the chair, according to the indictment.

Another inmate, “DB”, was arrested in February 2020 for possession of marijuana, heroin, ecstasy in pill form and illegal firearms at his Hampton home. He alleged that Hill came to his cell after he was detained and began asking him questions about the drug and firearms charges, according to the indictment.

When “DB” told Hill he didn’t want to talk to him, Hill allegedly sent him to the restraint chair, according to the indictment.

Both inmates complied with jail time, according to the indictment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Russell Vineyard will hear the allegations at Thursday’s arraignment at 10 a.m.

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