Officials arrest jailer accused of using stun gun on inmate


CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a former jail employee accused of using a stun gun on an inmate who was being restrained.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that authorities arrested 61-year-old Harry Dallas Battle on Wednesday on charges of violation of oath of office, false statement and battery.

The former Polk County jailer is accused of using a stun gun on an inmate July 7 while the inmate was being restrained. The GBI’s statement didn’t say whether the inmate, whom it didn’t identify, was hurt. Battle resigned the next day.

The GBI said its investigation began July 8, after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office requested the probe.

Battle has been released from jail released on bond. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.