Berkeley County releases video of former jailer accused of assault on inmate

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has released a video of an alleged assault on an inmate by a former detention officer at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in August.

Last month, agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested former detention officer Thomas Justin Mims, 28, and charged him with third-degree assault and battery, according to SLED. He is currently free on a personal recognizance bond while awaiting a Nov. 7 trial date, court records show.

The charge is a misdemeanor that carries a fine up to $500 or 30 days in jail or both.

About 5 a.m. Aug. 19, Mims shoved inmate Anthony Ray Williams with his shoulder, pushed him against a wall and hit him in the face, causing swelling and bruising, according to the arrest affidavit. The use of force was not necessary and was excessive, according to the affidavit.

Mims is no longer working as a detention officer, according to the sheriff’s office.

Williams was in jail on a charge of grand larceny, according to Berkeley County court records.

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