A federal jury convicted a former Georgia police chief Thursday of abusing a pre-trial detainee.
The 54-year-old Walter Young, the former chief of the Omega Police Department, now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the Department of Justice announced.
Young was convicted of assaulted Alfonso Moreno on March 24, 2011. Chief Young repeatedly slapped and punched Moreno in the head and face while he was fully restrained in a restraint chair. Young struck Moreno eight times, causing him to bleed. X-rays the next day showed the victim had a broken nose. The assault was captured on the jail's video surveillance system.
"Most officers do their job with honor, but this officer abused the authority entrusted to him by his community," said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights.