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David Lee Perry Beat By Guards At Pendleton Correctional Facility

Steve Wagner

Hi, Steve Wagner from Wagner Reese here.

We just saw on the news that there has been another incident of excessive force inside an Indiana prison or jail. This time it was the Pendleton Correctional Facility and three officers were caught on camera punching an inmate. Apparently the cameras were newly installed and they didn’t know it was there.

Here’s the story:

At the Pendleton Correctional Facility are now facing felony charges. They’re accused in the beating inmate, David Lee Perry last night. Surveillance cameras capture this. The video shows the handcuffed inmate led into the cell, where inside he is allegedly punched in the face and then shoved into a brick wall. He had a broken jaw and other injuries. The Madison County Prosecutor, Rodney Cummings says the beating was supposedly in retaliation for the inmate spitting on the officers the day before.

Full coverage on WTHR Channel 13

So this is somewhat unusual since it’s caught on videotape. It seems like a few times a week our office receives calls from people that are incarcerated, either in a prison or in a county jail alleging improper behavior, beatings, denial of medical treatment from correctional officers. Now I understand correctional officers have a tough job. It’s very stressful, but at times they snap, and they do things they shouldn’t. When that happens they need to be held accountable.

Hopefully in this situation they’ll be held accountable criminally, and we see the county prosecutor is actually filing charges against those officers who’ve now been fired. In addition to criminal penalties, these officers also should be sued under Section 1983, because they certainly violated the Constitutional rights. Thanks for tuning in.

This is Steve Wagner from Wagner Reese. If you have questions regarding a potential jail death case or any civil rights case in Indiana, call today for a free consultation.


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