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Inmate accused of assaulting detention officer at Wake jail

Posted September 29, 2014

James Lee Taylor

— A man jailed at the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh faces a new charge after he allegedly assaulted a detention officer on Sunday.

Capt. Jimmy Stevens with the Wake County Sheriff's Office said James Lee Taylor, 41, hit Officer Olawale Akintokun on the right side of his face and neck after Akintokun intervened in a dispute among inmates over the television channel.

Taylor was charged with a felony charge of assault on a detention employee and was given a $50,000 bond.

According to court records, he has been at the Hammond Road jail since Sept. 7 on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of marijuana.

Akintokun was treated for minor injuries at a local medical facility and returned to work, Stevens said.


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  • Djofraleigh Anderson Oct 1, 2014
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    How many people think being assaulted - having to wrestle with prisoners - is part of the job of being a guard, or police officer? It isn't. Allow them to be abused, and they will become abusers.

  • Eq Videri Sep 30, 2014
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    If the story were "Detention officer accused of assaulting inmate at Wake jail," that would hardly be news, the way Donnie Harrison runs it.

    But this -- this is almost a man-bites-dog story.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Sep 29, 2014

    Surveillance video please. Sheriff Harrison has always been anti video since he was a gung-ho trooper back in the day which is very suspicious in itself. Word around the water cooler is he was part of the "your word against mine" since courts have ruled officers can conveniently omit exculpatory evidence through clever little word games.

    And if memory serves me correct the last detention officer killed an inmate in cold blood because he was in fear of his life.

    If video proves this action so charge and throw the book. But I know Capt Stevens and he is the sheriff's press manager and good ole' boy friend for a reason.