2 Kansas sheriff's employees charged in jail incident

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -

Two Kansas sheriff's department employees have been charged over an incident with a jailed inmate, but no details have been released.

The Wyandotte County prosecutor's office announced Thursday that 47-year-old Sgt. David Toland and 34-year-old Deputy Marcus Johnson are charged with one misdemeanor count of mistreatment of a confined person. Toland also is charged with felony aggravated battery and Johnson with misdemeanor assault. The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office has placed both employees on administrative leave.

The prosecutor's office didn't immediately respond to an email asking whether the men have attorneys.

Toland also is a member of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville school board. He told KCTV last month that about five jail staffers were involved in the September incident. He said he was working as a supervisor at the time and that the entire encounter was recorded on video. He said "what happened was right" but provided no other details.

Sheriff Don Ash also provided no specifics in a written statement but said it "does not reflect our organizational values." The statement noted that an administrative investigation is ongoing.
 

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