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Vanderburgh County correctional officer arrested, accused of hitting inmate

A Vanderburgh County Jail confinement officer has been charged with battery, accused of hitting and injuring an inmate.

In a release, the sheriff's office called the force used by Confinement Officer Joshua Davis was unjustifiable and excessive. 

On January 1, Davis was conducting roll call during the early morning hours, according to the sheriff's office. Some of the inmates in one of the housing units began to taunt Davis verbally. Davis is then accused of entering a cell and starting a confrontation with one of the inmates. The inmate was hit in the face several times by Davis, according to jail officials. The inmate then fell and hit his head on a metal bunk, which the sheriff's office said caused a serious injury.

After an interview with Davis, and review of the incident, Davis was arrested. Shortly after his arrest, Joshua Davis was fired.

Davis worked at the jail for seven months before the incident, according to Sheriff Dave Wedding.

In a statement Sheriff Wedding said, "Nothing in the way Officer Davis conducted himself last Monday conformed to his training or met the minimum standards of conduct we expect from our officers and deputies."

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(This story was originally published on January 5, 2018)

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