Ex-jail officer arrested for tasing handcuffed inmate

Lejean Detrail Davis. PHOTO COURTESY OF DCDC

A now-dismissed officer at the Darlington County jail has been charged with assault and misconduct after using a Taser on a handcuffed inmate, the State Law Enforcement Division said in a news release. Lejean Detrail Davis, 44, was arrested July 14 and charged with third-degree assault and battery and misconduct in office, according to SLED and county jail records. The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office asked SLED to investigate the case to avoid any conflict of interest. Arrest warrants provided by SLED say that on June 2, Davis “willfully and unlawfully” failed to perform her sworn duties as a detention center officer. The warrants say that Davis “displayed an unreasonable and unjustified use of force” by using a Taser on an inmate who was handcuffed. (The inmate’s name was blacked out on copies of the warrants given to the media.) The inmate suffered a “minor injury,” the arrest warrants say. The warrants say video from surveillance cameras and statements from witnesses back up the charges. Jail records show Davis was released about an hour after her arrest. Her bond on the assault charge was $1,500; her bond on the misconduct charge was $5,000. — Bobby Bryant

Author: Rachel Howell

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