WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy is being investigated on allegations of excessive force.
Sheriff Jeff Easter said on Wednesday the incident happened in Sumner County. The sheriff’s office said that a deputy is being investigated for excessive force inside the Sumner County Jail. The deputy was transporting a jail inmate back to Sedgwick County when the alleged incident occurred on Monday.
The sheriff’s department says the inmate was being housed in Sumner County due to overcrowding at the Sedgwick County Jail. The inmate was returning to Wichita for a court appearance. The inmate wasn’t injured.
The Sumner County Sheriff is conducting the criminal investigation.
“All the facts are being gathered and will be presented by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office just like another other investigation,” said Sheriff Jeff Easter. “Particular facts will be placed into affidavit, and the prosecutor’s office will make a determination whether it warrants a charge or not.”
Sheriff Jeff Easter says the deputy has been on the force since 1998. He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. His name isn’t being released by Sheriff Easter. The Sedgwick County Sheriff says he plans an internal investigation on the deputy.
Both offices say they want to be transparent into any of these kind of allegations against their own staff.
“Ultimately, we don’t want an inmate mistreated and if they are, we certainly take whatever steps it takes to correct that, even if it means charging one of our own,” said Sumner County Sheriff, Darren Chambers.