An Alameda County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday and accused of retaliating against a minimum-security inmate at Santa Rita Jail by ensuring he'd take a savage beating from half a dozen other prisoners in October, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Joseph Bailey, 28, surrendered to sheriff's investigators this morning and bailed out of jail by this afternoon, Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
Bailey allegedly had an argument with an unidentified inmate sometime before moving the prisoner to another section of the jail.
Bailey "basically gave the green light" for other prisoners to beat the inmate, Kelly said.
"Several inmates, we believe it’s five or six inmates, were involved in physically attacking the victim inmate using their hands and feet," Kelly said. "Ultimately, another deputy responded to deal with the fight, and during the course of his investigation learned that the deputy may have been complicit in sanctioning and allowing this fight to occur in the first place."
That started a months-long internal investigation while Bailey was on administrative leave. Investigators interviewed two dozen staff members and current and former inmates, according to the Sheriff's Office.