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Three COs charged in inmate beating

Sep 22, 2016 12:05 am
Abbott Brant reports in The Poughkeepsie Journal that criminal civil rights and obstruction charges were been brought against the state correction officers involved in a 2013 beating of an inmate at Downstate Correctional Facility Sept. 21. United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara announced the charges against the correction officers include conspiracy to deprive civil rights, deprivation of civil rights under color of law, conspiracy to falsify records, and falsifying records. Inmate Kevin Moore was transferred from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility to the Fishkill prison for one night Nov. 12, 2013, on his way to a New York City court appearance. But shortly after he arrived, the correction officers brutally beat him, “for an extended period of time with fists, boots and batons, causing many life-threatening injuries, including five fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, and facial fractures in multiple places.” Moore was hospitalized for 17 days. According to the indictment, the correction officers met within Downstate to, "fabricate a story to justify the excessive force that they and other correction officers had used against Moore." The story names correction officers Sgt. Kathy Scott, George Santiago, Jr., and Carson Morris as responsible. Read the full story in The Poughkeepsie Journal.