Former county detention officer charged in assault case

- The Harris County District Attorney's Office released the following statement on Thursday:

A former jailer with the Harris County Sheriff's Office was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury Wednesday.  Carrington Phillips is charged with a Class-A Misdemeanor Assault. The case was investigated by the Civil Rights Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

In October 2015, the defendant was escorting a handcuffed prisoner inside the jail located at 701 San Jacinto when an argument began between the two. The defendant struck the prisoner in the chest causing him to fall backwards. His head hit the floor or a door jam causing a cut that began to bleed profusely. Most of the incident was caught by surveillance cameras mounted inside the jail.

“Jailers must be held to a high standard in safeguarding the rights of inmates in their custody. When we have sufficient evidence that they have violated this public trust we will pursue criminal charges,” said Civil Rights Division Chief Julian Ramirez.

If convicted, Phillips faces up to a year in jail and up to a $4000 fine. Phillips is no longer employed by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office released the following statement on the indictment:

On Wednesday, a Harris County Grand Jury issued an indictment of former Harris County Detention Officer Carrington Phillips.  Phillips has been charged with Misdemeanor Assault following an October 2015 incident in the Harris County Jail.

On October 30, 2015, Phillips was escorting an inmate when an argument and subsequent assault ensued.  A Harris County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Investigation immediately revealed that Phillips struck the prisoner in the chest, causing him to fall striking his head.  The inmate required medical attention, prompting an automatic investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division/Office of the Inspector General.

On November 6, 2015, former Detention Officer Phillips was notified that he was under investigation for criminal and administrative violations.  On November 9, 2015, Phillips resigned his employment with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. 

On November 10, Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators presented their completed investigation to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

“We continually strive to hold our employees to the highest standards of conduct and behavior, both on and off duty.” stated Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. “The Grand Jury’s decision is confirmation that our investigative and disciplinary process works.”

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