Maricopa County detention officer arrested for assaulting inmate

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detention officer has been arrested after assaulting an inmate on Aug. 8.

The sheriff's office says nine-year-veteran Zackary James Anthony assaulted an inmate inside the psychiatric unit at the Lower Buckeye Jail after the inmate refused to be handcuffed.

Anthony was caught on surveillance video assaulting the inmate.

"At this time, we  have probable cause to arrest this officer for aggravated assault," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. "The care and custody of inmates is a tough job, particularly in this unity, but that does not excuse inappropriate or potentially criminal behavior."

The inmate, who was not identified, suffered a broken jaw and is being treated for the injuries.

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