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Jail guards fired in Spartanburg County

SPARTANBURG (AP) — Four Spartanburg County jail guards have been fired after an investigation into their behavior with an inmate last month, Sheriff Chuck Wright said.

Wright released few details about the firings at a news conference Thursday, saying the State Law Enforcement Division is currently investigating the incident to see if criminal charges should be filed.

The inmate was arrested around July 4 and complained about how he was treated at the jail after his release.

The sheriff wouldn’t name the guards because of the criminal investigation, and didn’t identify the inmate because of medical privacy laws.

“It was a misdemeanor. He wasn’t an ax murderer,” Wright said.

Wright also gave no details about what happened between the officers and the prisoner, but did say there was video of the incident and other evidence.

“I hope there are no criminal charges to be made,” the sheriff said. “But I’m going to do what’s right.”

Wright pointed out that deputies investigated the case after getting the complaint and the firings show any claim of misconduct is investigated, even if 99 percent of them are from “noisy, loudmouth drunks” and turn out to be false.

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