DOJ Indicts Correctional Officers for Assault

Attempted to cover up physical assault of inmate.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted three federal correctional officers a week ago for the assault of an inmate and subsequent cover-up of the event. The correctional officers were working at U.S. Penitentiary-Big Sandy when Officers Samuel Patrick and Clinton Pauley assaulted an inmate, causing him bodily harm and violating the inmate’s constitutional rights. Lieutenant Kevin Pearce, a supervisory officer at the penitentiary, attempted to cover up the assault by omitting the event from his reports.

The three then tried to pressure another supervisory officer to tamper with another report after Pauley assaulted another inmate. Two were charged with assault, and all three were charged with false report offenses. They could face up to 20 years in prison as a penalty.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For attorneys in the Justice Department as they seek to ensure the proper conduct of correctional officers.
  • For Attorney General Merrick Garland to seek God’s wisdom as he heads the department.
  • For federal law enforcement and prison officials as they carry out their roles in the justice system.

Sources: Department of Justice


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