Deputies Charged with Beating Cuffed Man

There were three of them, all deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio.

The men face some serious charges involving an incident at the Lawrence County Jail in August 2014. Supposedly, Jeremy S. Hanshaw, 36, Ronald S. Hatfield, 25, and Jason D. Mays, 22, deprived an arrested man of his civil rights by assaulting him when he was in custody.

The indictment alleges that while the deputies were working at the jail, Hanshaw and Hatfield slammed, kicked and punched a victim whose hands were handcuffed behind his back. The victim was not resisting or posing a physical threat to any of the officers.

The deputies allegedly slammed the victim to the ground and restrained him in a choke hold while lying on top of him. The indictment also alleges that Hanshaw choked the victim and delivered an elbow strike to the victim’s head while the victim was restrained on a medical gurney. Deputy Mays allegedly struck the victim in the neck with a closed fist and attempted to block a surveillance camera while his fellow officers had the victim on the ground.

In addition, one or more of the defendants allegedly wrote false entries on logs and reports in an attempt to create a false justification for the assault on the victim.

The accusations if proven true are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

In other incidents involving law enforcement officers:

  • Former Baltimore police officer Lamin Manneh, 33, was given 21 months in prison for traveling across state lines and using the telephone and Internet to run a prostitution business. According to the indictment and court hearings, in 2013 Manneh’s prostitution business had over 300 customers. His 19-year-old wife and another 19-year-old woman worked as prostitutes for him. The government says that as part of his business, Manneh posted prostitution ads for the women on websites, rented an apartment and hotel rooms for the women and clients, and drove the women to meet with clients. Also, Manneh provided the women with cell phones and taught them to use “voice over Internet” phone services to communicate with prospective clients and with one another. Manneh waited outside the locations and sent the women electronic messages when they were with clients. He carried his police-issued firearm and agreed to forcibly interrupt a sex interaction if the client was aggressive or non-compliant. He supplied both women with synthetic marijuana. Manneh took all of his wife’s prostitution earnings and a percentage of the other woman’s earnings.

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