By Wayne Gates –
A Brown County Jail corrections officer has been fired for hitting a prisoner at the jail.
William Richmond is also facing a first degree misdemeanor assault charge. He has pleaded not guilty and is challenging his dismissal through the Fraternal Order of Police.
He is currently free on a $1000 bond.
A criminal complaint from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office filed on September 7 in Brown County Municipal Court states that “William Richmond did knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another, to wit (redacted) by striking (redacted) head on a concrete floor.”
The inmate Richmond is accused of assaulting is William Gallimore of Georgetown.
Gallimore was being booked into the jail on multiple charges dating from August 28, including Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Justice. He is also facing two Theft charges and three counts of Criminal Trespass.
He is also facing a separate set of charges from August 7, where he is charged with four counts of Robbery, including one incident of threatening another with a golf club.
Gallimore also has previous convictions for Resisting Arrents and Persistent Disorderly Conduct from 2006.
A statement from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office dated the same day of the criminal complaint stated that Richmond had been terminated from employment.
“This termination was based upon violation of policy and directives,” the statement read.
“William Richmond has been charged with a misdemeanor offense. This case is currently pending in the Brown County Municipal Court. Due to the on-going misdemeanor case, no additional comments will be made at this time.”
Richmond is represented by attorneys Joshua Engel and Mary Martin. In a telephone interview, Engle said that Richmond did nothing wrong and was just doing his job.
He added that his client was aware of Gallimore’s history and had been warned that he would be non-compliant.
“You have someone coming into the jail on serious charges who had already resisted arrest. When (Gallimore) came into the jail, he continued his pattern of being threatening and non-compliant,” Engle said.
“They had a number of situations with this guy where he’s not following the directions of the officers. They had to put him in a restraint chair for their safety and his own. At one point he still resisted, and it took three separate officers acting together to try to get him to comply with their directions.”
Engle said that the actions of Gallimore forced the hand of his client.
“Of course Corrections Officer Richmond used force. He’s allowed to use force, both to defend himself and his fellow corrections officers. We think he used the appropriate amount of force under the circumstances.”
Engle said that the public should not pre-judge his client before all the facts come out.
“He’s got an exemplary record and has been well trained and we look forward to defending this case at trial.”
Engle added that law enforcement officers like Richmond have a very difficult job.
“They routinely run into suspects that are violent, threatening violence, resisting arrest and generally not following the orders that are in place for everyone’s safety,” Engle said.
Richmond began working as a corrections officer at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office on June 17, 2016. His next scheduled court appearance is for a pre-trial hearing on October 3.