Prosecutor says jailer's actions were appropriate

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GREENFIELD – A jailer’s decision to punch an inmate refusing to go to his cell cost the officer his job earlier this month, but the prosecutor has determined Sam McDaniel didn’t commit a crime when he struck his uncooperative charge.

Surveillance video shows McDaniel, who joined the department in 2008, punching a 22-year-old inmate multiple times about the face and head. The altercation occurred after the inmate refused to go into a cell after being booked into the jail on drug charges.

The incident prompted McDaniel’s superiors to call for an investigation after firing him two weeks ago, and evidence was recently turned over to the prosecutor’s office for review. After watching the video, Prosecutor Michael Griffin said he will not file charges because he believes McDaniel acted appropriately under the circumstances.

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