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Bradley Co. investigation of inmate left in courthouse holding cell overnight

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The Bradley County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal affairs investigation into what  led to an inmate, 27-year-old Nathaniel Caldwell being left overnight in a holding cell at the Bradley County Courthouse.

The incident led to the suspension of two deputies, policy changes, and additional training for court security personnel.   

"There is no excuse for this incident, and neglect of inmates will not be tolerated by the Sheriff’s Office.  The Sheriff’s Office has policies and procedures along with established practices and customs in place that should have prevented this incident," said Sheriff Jim Ruth.

On May 28, court service deputies found Caldwell locked in the cell where he was placed the day before. 

The investigation shows Caldwell was placed in custody and handcuffed in front with no leg shackles at the courthouse on an active probation violation warrant.     

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office issued an apology to Cladwell and his family. 

"Even though it was unintentional, this was a mistake by two court deputies who have been held accountable for their actions," said Chief Deputy W.G. Campbell/ 

The deputies have been disciplined for this incident and the arresting deputy received a 20 day suspension and the direct supervisor received a  10 day suspension.  
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