Video released Monday shows the moments before, during and after two Bell County corrections officers beat a man after moving him in handcuffs to a padded cell because he had “become paranoid and unruly.”
Jvareus Aquer Pratt, 23, of Temple has been jailed since Feb. 27 in lieu of $200,000 bond, on charges stemming from an incident in which one of his girlfriend’s children was hit with a charger and another was burned with a curling iron.
Bell County corrections officers Kelvin Miller, 34, and Terrance Gardner, 28, were arrested on March 18 and charged with assault/bodily injury and violation of the civil rights of a person in custody following a Texas Rangers investigation of the incident, which occurred on March 14.
Both were released after posting $5,000 bonds.
Pratt was named in indictments back in March charging assault of a family or household member with previous convictions and injury to a child.
In the video, the corrections officers responded to his cell at around 3:42 a.m. on March 14 after Pratt “relayed to the deputies that he did ingest methamphetamine and (had) become paranoid and unruly,” the affidavits say.