RICHMOND, Va. - Federal authorities are taking over the case against a former Richmond deputy sheriff charged with assaulting a jail inmate.
A city prosecutor, Tracy Thorne-Begland, tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/wY0Twd) that the FBI has begun an investigation and the file has been turned over to the U.S. attorney's office.
FBI spokeswoman Dee Rybiski said Thursday that federal prosecutors referred the misdemeanor assault case against Jermaine Dove to the FBI as an alleged civil-rights violation. Cary Bowen, a veteran defense attorney who tries federal cases, said the development suggests federal authorities might be investigating whether the incident is part of a pattern at the City Jail.
Dove is accused of assaulting inmate Marquan Lamont Pollard during an argument at the jail on Nov. 29. Dove was fired after an internal investigation.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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