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Madison Co. Officer Suspended For Force Used On Inmates

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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A Madison County correctional officer has been suspended, accused of violating sheriff's department policy regarding force used on inmates.

Sheriff David Woolfork said he suspended Sgt. Lavonia K. Black on Friday, the same day of an incident involving a female jail inmate.

After an internal investigation, Black was presented with a statement of charges on Wednesday.

Woolfork told The Jackson Sun an officer makes a bad choice from time to time, but overall correctional officers use only the amount of force necessary to take control of a situation in the jail.

The newspaper was unable to reach Black, who is 64, for comment.

Woolfork said Assistant Chief Deputy Dan Paar will recommend what discipline Black should receive.

Black has worked as a correctional officer for nearly a decade.

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