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Two fired after brutal assault at Schenectady Co. Jail

Nov 11, 2020 3:15 pm
Paul Nelson is reporting for the Times Union Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has asked the Schenectady police to investigate the brutal beating of an incarcerated man at the county jail by a guard at the facility. Dagostino said he was disgusted by what he called a complete breakdown of the jail system. The jail guard and his supervising sergeant were fired after the guard brutally beat a man who complained about the time it was taking to release him from the jail, Dagostino said. The beating was carried out on Mon., Nov. 9, inside an area of the jail where men change from jail garb into civilian clothing and where strip searches are done so the room has no security cameras. Dagostino identified the former jail guard as Eugene Sellie and the now ex-sergeant as Timothy Bruce. Dagostino said the man's injuries drew the attention of a parole officer who spotted him outside the jail after he was released. He was being treated at Ellis Hospital for broken ribs, a fractured collar bone, and other wounds. The victim was still hospitalized at two days later. "The behaviors exhibited by my officers is not nearly indicative of the expectations of my administration and how we handle our business," Dagostino said.  "I am very disappointed in the breakdown and disgusted with the actions, if they are in fact found to be true." The Schenectady County District Attorney's Office has also been notified about the incident. Read the full story in the Times Union.