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DeKalb Co. sheriff's officials disciplined for videotaped conduct


Three DeKalb County sheriff's deputies and a sergeant are being disciplined for behavior captured on cellphone video.

The video, which showed deputies using coarse language while serving a warrant inside a family's home, sparked outrage after it was posted to the internet.

Donovan Hall taped the incident, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. on July 26 after deputies knocked on the door of the home in Ellenwood.

Deputies were at the home to serve a warrant for a contempt of court order on Hall's mother, Natania Griffin.

Hall said the family was too scared to open the door at first. After about 30 minutes, the family opened the door and deputies rushed in.

Griffin was arrested, while the deputies stayed behind with Hall and his younger brother.

Chief Deputy Jeffrey Mann says he doesn't believe the deputies used excessive force, saying they were only trying to secure the scene.
"Once it's confirmed that you're a legitimate law enforcement officer, yet you still refuse to open the door, that's suspicious," Mann said.
Mann did say that the graphic language heard in the video was inappropriate.

"It clearly depicts a couple of our deputies engaging in unprofessional and inappropriate language," said Mann.
The three deputies will be suspended without pay for one to two days. The sergeant could be demoted.

Griffin said that the disciplinary action handed down isn't enough.

"We want them to all be completely terminated from their positions," Griffin said. "They've been entrusted and they swore to take an oath to uphold the law, which they have clearly not done. We want them to be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

The family said that they're angry that they haven't been contacted by the sheriff's office about what happened in their home or about the disciplinary action.

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