Inmate left in holding cell: Internal affairs probe underway
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 29, 2014 | 2496 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is searching for answers after a man was taken into custody at the Bradley County Misdemeanor Probations Office Monday, and left overnight in a holding cell upstairs at the Bradley County Courthouse.

According to Chief W.G. Campbell of BCSO, an internal affairs investigation is ongoing. Campbell confirmed the incident Tuesday afternoon.

According to Rich Kienlen of the Bradley County Misdemeanor Probations Office, he had instructed Nathaniel Caldwell, 27, to come to his office Monday after he had appeared in a court proceeding last week.

Caldwell had entered a plea last week and been placed in the probations program, according to Kienlen.

“When he came into the office Monday, our computer showed he had new felony charges and he was taken into custody by court officers on a violation of probation,” Kienlen said.

Kienlen noted Caldwell was arrested and handcuffed at approximately 3:30 p.m. and taken to the holding cell, which is located on the second floor of the Bradley County Courthouse.

That particular holding area has no restroom, according to officials.

Caldwell was discovered by a Bradley County Court deputy Tuesday morning.

“Taking care of inmates is one of the greatest liabilities the Bradley County Jail has,” said Sheriff-elect Eric Watson.

“The procedure for taking care of inmates is very important. Since May 7, I have been looking over policies and been making updates and changes for the future. Training is very important, and I have already made arrangements for instruction at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office after I take office in September,” Watson added.

“We have some great officers at the Bradley County Jail. As far as I can recall, this is the first time in the history of the Sheriff’s Office an incident like this has ever occurred,” Watson said.

Watson also said that a GOP meeting was held near where Caldwell was incarcerated earlier Monday, as was the County Commission meeting.

According to Campbell, officials hope to have findings of the internal affairs investigation by early next week.

Sheriff Jim Ruth could not be reached for comment.