first_imgA Clark County corrections deputy is on thin ice following an internal affairs investigation that found he abused an inmate at the jail’s work center, among other policy violations.James D. Winters, a 25-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was placed on a three-year last-chance agreement in January — meaning he will be fired if he doesn’t comply with certain conditions.Winters was accused May 15, 2017, of “kicking, slapping, punching, choking and intentionally isolating a jail work center inmate within a darkened holding cell” over an eight-month span in 2016 and 2017, according to a Dec. 14 letter of findings authored by Jail Chief Ric Bishop.Bishop previously told The Columbian that the inmate did not require medical attention as a result of the altercations.Other jail work center inmates, both men and women, had also accused Winters of physically and verbally abusing them without justification, according to a summary of the internal investigation’s findings.Winters characterized his conduct as horseplay, as did some of the alleged victims and witnesses to the conduct.Bishop’s letter states that Winters violated the sheriff’s office’s policies on abuse and corporal punishment, competency, and courtesy.“These behaviors are grounds for termination of employment,” the letter reads.However, Winters’ long-time service with the sheriff’s office, his remorse and willingness to accept corrective discipline, statements from the victims saying they didn’t fear for their safety, and the overall impression that Winters was “messing around or a bully” were considered, the letter states.last_img

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