A federal grand jury has indicted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill for civil rights violations. He faces four counts of violation of rights under color of law, according to the indictment, for allegedly abusing at least four prisoners in the Clayton County Jail with a restraint chair.
Hill has denied all charges against him, describing the prosecution as a “politically motivated criminal court case.” The sheriff said in his speech that he would fight back against any allegations leveled against him. On April 27, Hill issued a statement in response to the charges leveled against him, “My legal team is the only one authorized to speak on the details of this matter, and they are confident about the facts of this case. Meanwhile, as we go through this process, I will continue to focus on the mission of fighting crime in Clayton County for continued success,”
Victor Hill Education And Early Life
Sheriff Victor Hill was born in the city of Charleston in the state of South Carolina. He studied criminal justice at Trident Technical College and started his law enforcement career with the City of Charleston Police Department when he was 18 years old.
Hill was employed by Clayton County Police in order to further his career, and from 2003 to 2004, he served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing Clayton County residents.
Faces Federal Indictment
On Monday, April 26, a judge granted the government’s motion to unseal Hill’s April 19 indictment by a federal grand jury. The sheriff’s office used restraint chairs, according to the indictment, and the sheriff ordered his staff to use unnecessary force at the jail last year.
Hill was taken into federal custody on April 27 in the morning and was due in court later that day. Hill allegedly had one of his alleged victims, Glenn Howell, tied into a chair for hours, according to the lawsuit. He then put the inmate in a suicide watch cell, where he was only allowed to wear a paper gown.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has been indicted on federal charges for civil rights violations.
Inmates claim that Hill would strap them into a restraint chair for hours and then lock them in a suicide watch cell. pic.twitter.com/5ewJix5ide
Howell recalled sitting in heavy machinery doing landscaping work at the home of a lieutenant who worked for Hill in a June 2020 interview with investigative journalist Mark Winne. Howell was tied down in a restraint chair for the next ten days. Attorney Lee Sexton confirmed that the charges in the filing about ‘Victim G.H’ are about his client Howell, who did some work for one of Hill’s deputies and threatened legal action against him for not paying his dues.
According to the prosecutor, Howell got calls from someone pretending to be Hill advising him to drop his debt collection efforts.
Howell said, “I was in fear of my life. I didn’t know which way to turn,”
Defense attorney Drew Findling said, “Victor Hill has done nothing wrong regarding anybody,”