Sheriff: Big fight leads to corrections officers off the job

Deputies on leave after juvenile brawl

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a disturbance that now has five juvenile corrections officers relieved of duty with pay.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investigating a disturbance that now has five juvenile corrections officers relieved of duty with pay.

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner revealed it was all over a big fight at juvenile hall last Wednesday.

"That's part of the investigation that we're looking into,” Sheriff Bonner said. “What occurred, who was where. Who is doing what they are supposed to be doing and the actions they took during the time of the fights."

The investigation will include what was the cause of the fight.

Nine of the 14 people in the fight were moved to 201 Poplar to an area set up for juveniles while repairs are made to juvenile hall.

"We want to know what happened and what was the cause of all of this,” Sheriff Bonner said.

Sheriff: Big fight leads to corrections officers off the job

Sheriff Bonner wants to know how the 14 teens at juvenile hall ended up in a fight last Wednesday around 6:30 at night. The fight lasted more than 30 minutes and left two teens injured.

He would not say what the injuries were but said the teens will be OK.

It started with an argument, but the investigation should reveal much more.

"Was it gang-related or kids just being kids?” Sheriff Bonner said.

The sheriff also wants to know who was where and when.

The sheriff said there were 88 male teens at the facility with a staff of 14. Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center is no longer federal oversight.

Sheriff Bonner said his office has hired Dr. David Roush, a former US Department of Justice monitor as a consultant to make sure things stay on track.

The sheriff said he will ask Roush for advice on the fight.

The sheriff also said a plan pitched by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris to build a new juvenile facility could go a long way in solving problems.

"When something like this occurs, we’re going to find out what happened, how it happened to try to prevent something like this form occurring again,” Sheriff Bonner said.

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