Six cops have been fired for sexually assaulting and beating two Black men
Six White Mississippi police officers have been fired after they admitted to assaulting two Black men, including shooting one of the men in the mouth, causing serious injury.
The cops were guilty of serious civil rights crimes for their torture of the men, Michael Jenkins, 32, and Eddie Parker, 35, said Kirsten Clarke, the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice.
Five of the men were employed by Rankin County Mississippi Sheriff’s Office and the sixth man was employed as a narcotics investigator from the Richland, Mississippi police department. They were members of the so-called “Goon Squad.”
The men are Chief Investigator Brett McAlpin, 52, Narcotics investigator Christain Dedmon, 28, Lieutenant Jeffrey Middleton, 46, Deputy Hunter Elward, 31, Deputy Daniel Opdyke, 27, and Joshua Hartfield a narcotics officer in the Richland Police Department.
The cops shouted racist comments at the two men before they handcuffed them. The cops also tased the men 17 times, forced them to drink liquids, and assaulted them with a dildo.
Elward also shot Jenkins in the mouth, lacerating his tongue, and breaking his jaw; a bullet also exited his neck. As he was bleeding onto the floor none of the cops offered to help.
Clarke said they held the men down, pouring cooking oil, milk, and alcohol into their mouths and rubbing chocolate on their faces and in their mouths. They also stole their personal items.
The men were handcuffed and arrested without cause.
“The cops sought to dehumanize their victims,” Clarke said. “It also threatens the administering of justice, eroding the trust between citizens and the police.”