An inmate in Willacy County is looking to get justice of his own, after accusing one of the jailers of assaulting him in his cell.
“We had an inmate file a formal complaint against a jailer for an assault,” says Major Andres Maldonado with the Willacy County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s the start of an investigation into the allegation after the complaint was filed Wednesday morning.
“The inmate has been in custody for a while, a few months, and the incident was reported right after, that same morning, but right after shift change.” Maldonado says.
No names have been released of yet, but the jailer accused won’t be returning to work until the issue is resolved.
“That’s normally the standard when a complaint has been filed on one of our personnel and we need to conduct an investigation. They’ll be placed on administrative leave, usually with pay, until the allegation has been solved,” said Maldonado.
A second jailer, who could be a potential witness to the incident, has been placed on administrative leave with pay as well, and the Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation.
“Any surveillance footage, if we have any statements taken, any reports that were completed will be turned over to the Rangers,” Maldonado says.
The Sheriff’s Office will conduct an independent internal affairs investigation in conjunction to the Texas Rangers, and want residents to know that everything is on the table.
“We’d like the public to know that the Willacy County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a transparent method of operating within the county,” he says.
The inmate remains behind bars.
It’s unclear what charges he is facing, but he did not need medical treatment after the incident.