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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Eight Hinds County Detention Center guards have been fired after an internal investigation into allegations of police brutality.

Sheriff Malcolm McMillin says the allegations stem from an incident in a jail holding cell on March 6th. The sheriff says the guards were trying to stop a disturbance in the booking area.

Two of the detention center guards are females. Sheriff McMillin says an internal investigation revealed the officers violated department policy by using inappropriate force.

Sheriff McMillin said, "There's a federal code that goes with that it amounts to is abuse of someone under the color of arrest, called under color of office."

The FBI is now reviewing the sheriff's department's findings to see if any criminal violations occurred. The identities of the officers involved are being withheld.

Three of the officers have appealed their termination. 

McMillin says none of the inmates were hospitalized.

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