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Detention Officer in Greenwood Allegedly Assaulted Juveniles

Staff reports

A juvenile detention center officer in Greenwood allegedly assaulted two juveniles, and his supervisor is accused of writing a false report to cover up one of the incidents, federal indictments charge.

Edward Gibson, 28, an officer at the Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center, allegedly assaulted two juveniles in his custody, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The indictment, which was returned Feb. 21 and unsealed Wednesday, alleges Gibson punched and threw an electric fan at one juvenile and struck the other juvenile in the head and body.

A separate indictment also unsealed Wednesday accused Gibson’s supervisor, Dianne Williams, 60, of writing a false report to cover up one of the alleged assaults.

The indictments were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division John Gore, U.S. Attorney William C. Lamar of the Northern District of Mississippi, and Christopher Freeze, special agent in charge of the FBI, Jackson Field Division.

If convicted, Gibson faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment for each excessive force charge. Williams faces up to 20 years imprisonment on the false report charge. An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the Jackson Division of the Federal Bureau Investigation, with the cooperation of the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department and the Leflore County Detention Center.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Mims of the Northern District of Mississippi and trial attorney Dana Mulhauser of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

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