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Prison Guards Resign After Viral Beating Photo Posted to Facebook

07.04.2015  |  23:58
Prison Guards Resign After Viral Beating Photo Posted to Facebook

Two Georgia correction officers have resigned after a photo of a beaten teenage inmate with a leash around his neck was posted on Facebook, apparently with a contraband cellphone, officials said Monday.

Two Georgia correction officers have resigned after a photo of a beaten teenage inmate with a leash around his neck was posted on Facebook, apparently with a contraband cellphone, officials said Monday.

Authorities also said two prisoners involved in the March 27 incident were transferred out of the Al Burruss Correctional Training Center and the victim, Cortez Berry, is now in protective custody at another state prison.

The Department of Corrections did not disclose the officers' names or say whether they faced discipline before resigning.

Berry's family told NBC News last week that when they saw the disturbing pictures posted on Facebook and went to the prison to investigate, the guards were unaware that he had been beaten.

The relatives were horrified that Berry was initially transferred to Smith State Prison, a notoriously violent lockup. Correction officials portrayed that as an emergency stopgap measure.

Berry is now within protective custody at Macon State Prison, the agency said in a statement. "In our continued efforts for the safety of our inmates, the Department transferred the other two inmates involved to other facilities. Additionally, both supervising officers involved in the incident have resigned."

The incident is still under investigation, the statement said.

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