RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. today announced the arrest of Richmond City Sheriff's Office deputy Jermaine Dove, 37, for the misdemeanor assault of a resident at the Richmond City Jail.
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, a verbal altercation took place in a housing unit between Dove and an unidentified jail resident. The deputy removed the resident from his housing unit without an order to do so, which is a violation of jail policy. Outside the housing unit the verbal altercation turned physical, when allegedly Dove struck the resident with his hand. Deputies from other areas of the jail responded and broke up the scuffle. Both the deputy and the jail resident were taken to the medical unit for treatment. No serious medical attention was required of either person.
Based upon the findings of the preliminary internal investigation, a warrant was obtained from the magistrate for Dove's arrest for the charge of assault and battery (18.2-57), a Class 1 misdemeanor. Dove was arrested and processed by a Richmond City Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs officer at 1:00 p.m. today. He was subsequently released by the magistrate on his own recognizance. Following his arrest Dove was suspended without pay pending the final results of the internal investigation.
Sheriff Woody said "As law enforcement professionals we take an oath to uphold the law and keep safe those who find themselves in our charge. It may be difficult at times, but we have a responsibility to rise above verbal altercations and never incite or provoke further violence. At the Richmond City Jail, if you break the law you can expect to be prosecuted." He continued, "Although criminal charges have been filed in this matter, he is still innocent until proven guilty."