Three prison guards from South Florida have been arrested and charged with the murder of a 60-year-old inmate, they are accused of beating him so badly that he died from a punctured lung and internal bleeding.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said that three prison officers in South Florida have been arrested and charged with the murder of a 60-year-old inmate who was reportedly beaten so violently that he died from internal bleeding and a punctured lung.
On Thursday, authorities released a statement describing how the three guards, who were tasked with transferring the inmate from a mental health unit to a north Florida prison on February 14, had brutally beat the man senseless after he apparently threw urine at one of the officers.
The group had allegedly handcuffed the prisoner and beat him so severely that he needed to be "carried to the transport van".
Once they had got the inmate into the van, the group set off on their 290-mile trip from the Dade correctional Institution to Lake Correctional Institution.
Partway into the 4-hour drive, the group stopped for a break at the Florida Women's Reception Center in Ocala, approximately 300 miles northwest of Dade correctional facility, the department said, "There they discovered the man's lifeless body laid out on a bench inside the van."
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernadez Rundle said in a statement: "Staff misconduct, abuse, or criminal behaviour have no place in Florida's correction system. Individuals who are sentenced to incarceration by our criminal courts have lost their freedom but not their basic rights."
Ronald Gene Ingram, a medical examiner determined that the inmate had died after suffering a punctured lung that then led to internal bleeding.