On Monday, Sheriff George Lavender released a statement saying the Feb. 9 incident occurred and that he had fired the officer, Maj. William White.

ROSS COUNTY, OH – Ross County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday released body camera and security footage of a now-fired law enforcement officer beating an inmate last week.

On Monday, Sheriff George Lavender released a statement saying the incident occurred on February 9 and that he fired the officer, Maj. William White, the next day.

Surveillance video dated Feb. 9 shows White and the inmate walking down a stairwell.

As the inmate turned the corner, he appears to have said something to White, who then grabbed him, smashed him against a wall, and threw him to the ground. The surveillance camera had no sound.

Another officer, wearing a body camera, rushes to the landing after hearing the noise of White throwing the inmate to the ground.

The inmate can be heard saying “it’s over” and apologizing dozens of times as officers handcuff him.

It’s unclear what exactly prompted White to beat up the inmate, but White can be heard saying, “Did I disrespect you? I was talking [expletive] you? Did I talk to you side by side? Never again in your life turn to me on the stairs. Do you understand me?”

The prisoner was taken to the hospital with his injuries, but is now back in prison.

The sheriff’s office said the case is being handled by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which would not comment further.

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