A viral image of a young man being beaten and abused at the Al Burruss Correctional Training Center has led to the resignation of two Georgia correction officers. Both of the guards were in charge of supervising the inmates in the picture. They have both resigned since the photo of beaten teenager was posted to Facebook.
Cortez Berry is the inmate with a leash around his neck in the picture which was posted on Facebook. The other two inmates took the picture with a contraband cellphone, according to officials.
Berry says he was attacked because he refused to join a gang called the Gangster Disciples.
“No guard was there to help him,” his aunt, Shavonda Wright, said in an interview with NBC News.
The incident made headline news, prompting the Al Burruss Correctional Training Center to investigate the incident.
Berry is in protective custody at another state prison.
Meanwhile, neither the Al Burrus Center, nor the Department of Corrections would disclose the officers’ names. They also would not even confirm nor deny whether the officers were facing any discipline or say whether they faced discipline before resigning.
When Berry’s family was made aware of the images posted to Facebook, they went to the prison to find out what was going on. But the guards in charge were unaware of the pictures, or even that Berry had been beaten.
Almost as a punishment, Berry was transferred to the Smith State Prison, which has a notoriously violent reputation. But he has been sent to the Macon State Prison.
The agency released a statement, which read: “In our continued efforts for the safety of our inmates, the Department transferred the other two inmates involved to other facilities. Additionally, both supervising officers involved in the incident have resigned.”
(Article by Reagan Ali)