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Ex-deputy pleads guilty to beating restrained suspect in brutality case

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A DeKalb County deputy repeatedly punched a suspect who was already handcuffed and restrained in the back of a police car, forcing another deputy to intervene. And on Tuesday the ex-deputy pleaded guilty in the brutality case, the Fulton County district attorney announced Wednesday.

The former deputy, Mr. Dameco Moses, 36, was sentenced to 12 months probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery for injuring the suspect in his care, spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Jones said. Still, it’s unclear what prompted Moses to attack the man.

At that time, then deputy Moses was assigned to the fugitive unit which had been tracking a man named Royce Cross for several probation violations, Jones said. For several months, Cross eluded capture for several months until he was tracked down at a DeKalb County home in June 2012.

Cross led officers on a high-speed chase down I-20 into Fulton County where he crashed head-on into a tractor trailer and then fled on foot into the woods, Jones said. He was arrested three days later in South Fulton County in a joint operation by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the sheriff’s department.

“During the half mile ride from the arrest location to a nearby staging area, Defendant Moses, who was seated in the rear of the unmarked police car with the suspect, punched Mr. Cross in the face several times,” Jones said. “The victim was handcuffed, shackled and restrained by a seatbelt during the deputy’s assault.”

Another deputy who was seated in the front intervened and later reported the incident to a supervisor, Jones said. The case was forwarded to the the sheriff's Office of Professional Standards and Moses was later terminated for his actions, she said.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Moses was sentenced to12 months’ probation and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, which will be donated to a yet to be determined benevolent law enforcement organization, Jones said. He must also surrender his Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) certification which prevents him from ever being employed in law enforcement again.