The South Carolina state Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has denied a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from NBC Charlotte for jailhouse video of the second inmate to die in the same restraint chair in the same York County Detention Center.

The WCNC-TV Investigative Team filed the FOI request seeking video depicting the last hours of the life of Joshua Grose, arrested for the murder of his mother and a neighbor woman in October.

Corrections Officer James L. Moore repeatedly punched Grose in the abdomen to force him to sit back to be strapped down in a restraint chair. Grose died in the chair after repeatedly banging his head against a cell wall and door.

Grose and Jeffrey Waddell were both profoundly mentally ill, confined to the same restraint chair, and both died in that chair in the York County Jail.

Waddell s mother, Jeanne, told the I-Team last year, I think people who have medical conditions shouldn t be in that kind of restraint.

Her son died choking on his own vomit during an epileptic seizure when jailers strapped him down and left him unattended, alone in a cell.

Video of the last moments of Jeff Waddell s life came out in a civil lawsuit.

The state paid his family $900,000 in a wrongful death suit. But, Sheriff Bruce Bryant and SLED are refusing to release video of Grose s death, claiming it would compromise jail security even though the Sheriff showed the video in its entirety to a room filled with reporters last year.

A whistleblower, Mike Billioni, told his wife, who works at NBC Charlotte, that a detention officer was on camera repeatedly punching Grose.

We were held to high standards of integrity, and this, I felt did not mean those high standards of integrity, Billioni told the I-Team in an interview last year.

York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant fired Billioni but took no action against Officer Moore or any other staff, saying they acted appropriately under difficult circumstances.

Now, SLED has released most of its written investigative file after NBC Charlotte's Freedom of Information request.

It shows in a handwritten statement Officer James Moore told SLED I hit him with a palm strike to his inner thighs to get Grose to sit back in the restraint chair.

But the jailhouse video witnessed by reporters tells a different story.

Billioni told SLED in his written statement, I saw Officer James Moore strike the subject 10 times with the left hand and two more times with the right hand or elbow. All 12 times Officer Moore had a closed fist. Lt. Connie McMillan stepped between Officer Moore and the subject to stop him.

A handwritten statement by Lt. McMillan makes no mention of Officer Moore s punches or of any attempt to stop them.

In a news conference last year after repeated requests by NBC Charlotte for the video, Sheriff Bryant told reporters, The striking was to get the detainee on the chair, and said it was suitable in these circumstances since Grose was kicking and spitting.

The SLED investigation documents that three officers used tasers to drive-stun Grose.

An NBC Charlotte investigation in December found that 36 detainees at local jails around the US have died in restraint chairs, many of them also shocked or sprayed with pepper spray, almost all of them violently mentally ill or impaired by drugs.

The York County Coroner concluded Grose died of suicide and that officers did not contribute to his death.

The SLED investigation cleared the Sheriff and his officers of any wrongdoing.

Sheriff Bryant worked for more than a decade at SLED.

The Sheriff contends release of the jailhouse video would compromise security.

NBC Charlotte plans to appeal the denial of the recording.

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