CHICAGO (CBS) — Inmates being dragged, manhandled, and forced to the ground; Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has released six videos showing deputies using excessive force, saying the public has the right to know.
The sheriff’s office said they believe this is the first time such video has been voluntarily released.READ MORE: DaBaby Pulled From Lollapalooza Lineup Amid Backlash Over Homophobic Remarks And 'Insensitive' Comments on HIV/AIDS
“To our knowledge, no jail or prison has ever voluntarily or proactively put out videos of excessive uses of force. It’s never been done,” said Dart spokesman Ben Breit.
The videos show six separate cases in which the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board sustained allegations of excessive force.
Breit said the videos are difficult to watch. They show violent encounters between jail guards and inmates, but Breit said it’s the first step in Dart’s campaign to restore accountability.
“Sheriff Dart has continued to struggle and contemplate how do we provide the public with the level of transparency that they deserve into how their government operates?” he said.