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Kentucky correctional officers pleaded guilty to punching the handcuffed prisoner, with regard to violence, the ministry of justice

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Two of Kentucky’s correctional officers pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges in connection with the assault of a handcuffed inmate and the subsequent cover-up by the Ministry of Justice said.

A former Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) Officer, David M. Schwartz, 48, pleaded guilty to depriving the prisoner of his right to be free from excessive force, causing bodily injury and two counts of filing false reports, according to the us department of justice press release.

Co-ex-LMDC Officer Donna K. Gentry, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing justice for filing a false tax return, and convince them of another officer, The Edwards, to the filing of a false tax return, the justice department said.

Edwards previously pleaded guilty to assaulting the detainee, and failure to take action in order to prevent Schwartz from the attack, according to the u.s. department of justice.

According to court documents, on April 15, 2018, Schwartz served as a pretrial detainee in the face while the inmate’s hands were cuffed behind his back. The prisoner, who, as T. W., was reported to be begging Schwartz to a stop, and not a threat, the justice department said.

Schwartz also wrote a misleading report in which he omitted the use of violence, T. W., and incorrectly charged to T. W.’s third-degree felony assault, the justice department said.

The same day, the Gentry learned that Schwartz and Edward had been attacked by T. W. and Edwards, had been accidentally turned on his body camera, and the recorded portion of the beating. They wrote a report that included false statements are removed and the attack by Schwartz and Edwards, according to court documents.

Edwards reviewed the report and provided the same false information in his own report of the meeting, but changed the wording so it wasn’t obvious that he was copied in its report, the justice department said.

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“Correctional officers are sworn to enforce and defend the laws of our country, and to ensure the safety and security of the prisoners under their control,” said Deputy Attorney General Eric Dreiband, the Civil rights Division. “These defendants knowingly and deliberately violated the constitutional rights of an inmate and then lied to cover it up, which is a misuse of the powers to which the public are interested. The Department of Justice will continue to hold prison guards accountable for their actions.”

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Schwartz faces up to 50 years in prison, while the Gentry faces a maximum of 20, if they are convicted of the charges. Their sentencing hearing has been scheduled for the month of February. 27.

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