Rankin County Deputy Faces New Charges After Racist Attack Conviction

Rankin County Deputy Faces New Charges After Racist Attack Conviction
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A for¬≠mer Rankin Coun¬≠ty deputy, Brett Mor¬≠ris McAlpin, is fac¬≠ing fresh accu¬≠sa¬≠tions of bru¬≠tal¬≠i¬≠ty. McAlpin, who was pre¬≠vi¬≠ous¬≠ly con¬≠vict¬≠ed for a racial¬≠ly moti¬≠vat¬≠ed attack on two Black men, has been named in a fed¬≠er¬≠al law¬≠suit alleg¬≠ing he beat an inmate at the coun¬≠ty jail.

The law­suit, filed by Christo­pher Mack, details a vio­lent encounter in May 2021. Mack alleges McAlpin and eight oth­er offi­cers beat him for near­ly an hour fol­low­ing his arrest. The attack result­ed in bro­ken ribs, a bro­ken nose, and severe psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma.

This inci¬≠dent rais¬≠es seri¬≠ous con¬≠cerns about a pat¬≠tern of exces¬≠sive force with¬≠in the Rankin Coun¬≠ty Sher¬≠if¬≠f‚Äôs Depart¬≠ment. McAlpin was part of a noto¬≠ri¬≠ous group of offi¬≠cers dubbed the ‚ÄúGoon Squad,‚ÄĚ who were con¬≠vict¬≠ed of tor¬≠tur¬≠ing and abus¬≠ing two Black men in a sep¬≠a¬≠rate incident.

Mack­’s attor­ney empha­sizes this law­suit expos­es a sys­temic issue. The ongo­ing pat­tern of vio­lence against vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers neces­si­tates account­abil­i­ty and reform with­in the department.

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