DCSO: Corporal charged with misdemeanor assault in altercation with inmate

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A Davidson County Sheriff’s Office corporal is facing charges after an incident with an inmate that was captured on video surveillance, according to officials with the department. 

According to DCSO officials, Corp. Kenneth Traylor II turned himself in on Tuesday night and was booked on one count of misdemeanor assault. He has since left custody through a pre-trial release program. 

The alleged incident occurred at the Maximum Correctional Facility on Jan. 25. 

According to officials, Traylor, 47, was escorting inmate Darrel Mintlow, 25, through the facility when he swung his laundry bag at the corporal, hitting him in the head. 

In reaction, Traylor can be seen taking the inmate to the floor, which DCSO officials later determined to be a use of excessive force. 

Traylor was placed on leave after the incident and received an administrative disciplinary sanction of 40 hours of unpaid leave, which officials say is the most severe sanction given besides termination. 

The case was also sent to the DSCO Criminal Review Team on Feb. 15. Officials say Traylor will not be permitted to work in a public safety position while the review takes place.

DCSO hired Traylor in July 2016. This incident is the first time he is facing discipline for the use of excessive force. 

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