Gogebic County Sheriff’s Deputy Facing Charges Following February 2020 Jail Incident

Jun 4, 2021


A Gogebic County Sheriff’s Deputy is facing charges following a public integrity investigation. It was one of five cases announced by the Michigan Attorney General Friday.

The incident at the Gogebic County Jail happened in February 2020.

According to Attorney General Dana Nessel, Gogebic County Deputy Scott Voit ordered an inmate to kneel in order to remove handcuffs from him. Before the inmate could fully kneel down, Voit threw the person to the ground to remove the handcuffs.

It was all caught on video. In the news release, Nessel said the video shows the inmate was not resisting the handcuff removal.

The inmate had injuries to his wrists and back as well a fractured rib as a result of the incident.

Voit will be charged with one count of assault and battery and one count of misconduct in office. Voit is schedule to be arraigned on June 21.

Michigan State Police conducted the investigation that led to these charges.