6 ex-officers, some of whom called themselves ‘The Goon Squad,’ plead guilty to state charges in the torture of 2 Black men, Photo Date: 08/14/2023 Credit: MGN

Six former law enforcement officers from Mississippi have admitted guilt for their participation in the torture and abuse of two Black men earlier this year.

Five former deputies from the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office and one former officer from the Richland Police Department have admitted to federal charges related to a racially motivated attack that occurred in January.

Christian Dedmon, Hunter Elward, Brett McAlpin, Jeffrey Middleton, Daniel Opdyke, and Joshua Hartfield, who are all white, have admitted to conspiring to obstruct justice.

Also, Dedmon faced charges of home invasion, while prosecutors charged Elward with both home invasion and aggravated assault.
McAlpin, Middleton, Opdyke, and Hartfield each bore an extra charge of first-degree obstruction of justice.

The former officers appeared in Rankin County court on Monday, Aug. 14, clad in prison jumpsuits and wrist shackles.
The names of the county jails where they are incarcerated were concealed by duct tape.

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