published Friday, December 9th, 2011

Names of Hamilton County jailers and inmates involved in fight released

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the eight corrections officers and three inmates involved in a brawl at the Hamilton County Jail on Nov. 27.

Three of the jailers were slightly injured when inmates began fighting and one inmate had to be shocked with a Taser, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Janice Atkinson.

Corrections officers involved in the fight were Sgt. Kelvin Pell, Cpl. Michael Hughes, Officer Charles Bowman, Officer Wesley Chambers, Officer Ryan Epperson, Officer Daniel Harden, Officer Eric Qualls and Officer Justin White, according to Atkinson.

Harden previously was placed on a one-day suspension for violating general orders for excessive force after he “roughed up” an inmate in September, according to newspaper archives.

Pell, Harden’s supervisor, also was suspended for a day because he was not immediately aware of the situation and did not intervene at the time.

The inmates involved in the fight were Charles Nash, Desmond Gearing and Terna Hatten, Atkinson said.

Nash, 25, is in jail on a first-degree murder charge; Gearing, 23, is in jail on charges of assault and theft under $500; Hatten, 25, is being held on federal charges.

The day of the Nov. 27 scuffle, Atkinson said, two inmates were moved to different cells after they began fighting about 6 p.m. A third inmate in the area became unruly and corrections officers used a Taser on him, she said.

All three inmates were checked by medical personnel according to policy, she said, but none was injured.

The three injured officers were treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released, Atkinson said.

As of this week, all officers have returned to work, though she said she could not mention full or restrictive duty “as this could be construed as medical information.”

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Lr103 said...

Wonder if these fine corrections officers did something to trigger this incident?

December 9, 2011 at 3:18 a.m.
holdout said...

Sure. There is no way it could have been the inmates could it? I mean they were only in jail for murder and aggravated assault.

December 9, 2011 at 8:27 a.m.
macropetala8 said...

holdout said... Sure. There is no way it could have been the inmates could it? I mean they were only in jail for murder and aggravated assault

And if the jailers weren't jailers? They'd likely be inmates charged with the same or even worse crimes as these fine upstanding inmates. LOL!!

December 9, 2011 at 9:59 a.m.
yournot2011 said...

You can sit in your own skin and continue 2 think that the world isn't really turning if you want 2, but what you can't do is don't knw any of these ppl involved with this situation so don't speak on it...just because a person is an inmate doesn't make them any futher from Christ then you the next time you think that ppl in jail doesn't have loved ones out here think again...LOL

December 10, 2011 at 2:35 a.m.
holdout said...

You don't seem to have any trouble judging the jail staff based on nothing other than their position.

December 10, 2011 at 9 a.m.
retired said...

So we forget so easy, this is the same Sergeant that was put on (NOTICE) ya right, He should be fired. I was told just wait a month and that Sergeant will do it again. But he must be a bud of John's or a Masson, I heard that John pulls that card all the time. So when will they fix the problem the (Jailors)

December 28, 2011 at 8:06 a.m.
GMills said...

I think Retired must have fallen asleep at the end of his incomplete comment! Funny!

January 4, 2012 at 7:26 p.m.
yournot2011 said...

I honesty don't think that the blame is on one or the other, but what I do feel is that no man can judge another. Leave the HARD work th the man up stairs......

March 10, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.
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