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Article updated: 2/21/2013 7:35 PM

Cook County jail officers charged

By Steve Zalusky

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Thursday that the sheriff's office has arrested two of its own correctional officers following an internal investigation.

Officer Delphia A. Sawyer, 31, of the 8700 block of Covington Drive in Justice, and officer Pamela R. Bruce, 30, of the 00-99 block of East 87th Street in Chicago, were charged with obstructing justice, perjury, official misconduct and mob action, all felonies.

"It is a shame that officers like this bring disgrace to those who work so hard under difficult conditions," Dart said.

Last February, the sheriff's office received information that Sawyer and Bruce "knowingly gathered two detainees and facilitated a battery on a different detainee," leading to an investigation, according to a sheriff's department release.

Sawyer and Bruce were taken into custody without incident Thursday. Both were de-deputized.

Sawyer has been a correctional officer since September 2006. Bruce has been a correctional officer since being hired July 2006.

Both Sawyer and Bruce are scheduled to be in bond court at 11 a.m. Friday in Chicago.

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