Justice for some living Louisiana inmates, but no justice for Florida inmates, living or dead. Fix this, .@TheJusticeDept.

The most harrowing part of advocating for Florida’s incarcerated innocents is knowing how deadly our lockups have become while Rick Scott has been our Governor. There is every form of abuse and neglect imaginable going on, including officer-on-inmate homicides. Per my previous post, From Cornwall, with consternation, the whole world knows this. The Department of Justice must stop pretending its Florida attorneys don’t know what foreign nationals know.

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Former Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Cover up Physical Assault of Inmates

The Justice Department today announced that former Richwood Correctional Center officer Demario Shaffer pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to cover up the physical assault of five inmates by himself and other correctional officers in violation of the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  Shaffer, 33, of Delhi, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to conspiring to falsify documents with the intent to obstruct and influence a matter within federal jurisdiction. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana David C. Joseph made the announcement.

“A correctional officer who uses excessive force against an inmate and then falsifies official reports violates the Constitution and its provision to protect all incarcerated offenders from cruel and unusual punishment,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband. “The Justice Department will continue to prosecute aggressively any similarly disgraceful and unlawful misconduct to ensure the integrity of our civil rights laws.” 

“Correctional officers are not allowed to abuse prisoners,” said United States Attorney David C. Joseph.  “They must follow the law and not use their position of authority to assault those under their supervision.”

According to his guilty plea, Shaffer worked as a Sergeant at the Richwood Correctional Center in Monroe, Louisiana, where on Oct. 30, 2016, he and other officers inflicted cruel and unusual punishment upon five inmates by spraying a chemical agent in their face and eyes while the inmates were handcuffed, compliant, kneeling on the floor, and not posing a physical threat to anyone. Shaffer admitted that he conspired with the other officers to hide their conduct by submitting a false story in their official reports concerning the incident.  

The count of conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a criminal fine of up to $250,000. Shaffer is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana, who accepted the plea. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Mudrick of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Louisiana, and Trial Attorney Anita Channapati of the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, U.S. Department of Justice. The case was investigated by the Monroe Division of the FBI.

Topic(s): 
Civil Rights

Miami-Dade said there was no visible signs of trauma on Darren Rainey’s body. I see clear signs that he was scalded to death by a corrections officer, just as witnesses claimed. Darren was serving two years for minor drug possession.

 

 

 

About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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