The incident that led to Thursday’s arrests unfolded on the morning of February 14, when the inmate was scheduled to be transferred from the Dade Correctional Institution to another facility, 该机构说. Before being taken from his cell in the mental health unit, he reportedly threw urine on an officer.
Corrections officers then put him in handcuffs and took him from his cell, 该机构说. 之后, “even though he was in handcuffs and compliant with officer commands, agents say the officers began to beat him,” 它说.
“The inmate was beaten so badly he had to be carried to the transport van,” 该机构说, adding he was placed in a secure compartment alone.
En route to the other facility, the van stopped in Ocala, 佛罗里达, and the prisoner was found dead, lying on a bench inside the van, said the agency, which did not disclose the inmate’s name.
His cause of death was a punctured lung that led to internal bleeding, a medical examiner ruled, adding the man had injuries to his face and torso consistent with being beaten, the agency stated.
“Staff misconduct, abuse or criminal behavior have no place in Florida’s correctional system,” Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. “Individuals who are sentenced to incarceration by our criminal courts have lost their freedom but not their basic rights. Inmates should not be subject to forms of ‘back alley’ justice which are actions in violation of Florida law.”
The staff involved in the case failed, “and as an agency we will not stand for this,” Florida Corrections Secretary Ricky Dixon said in a statement.
His department “is committed to providing a safe and professional environment for inmates and offenders,” Dixon said. “All inmates, regardless of their crimes have a right to serve their time free from victimization and abuse.”