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Four BOP Guards Sentenced To Prison For Beating, Cover-Up

Four BOP Guards Sentenced To Prison For Beating, Cover-Up

U.S. District Judge Carol B. Ann has ordered four former Bureau of Prisons (BOP) guards to serve time for the beating of a prisoner and subsequent cover-up.

Jaime Toro and Glenn Cummings, former guards at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, were sentenced to 41 and 35 months imprisonment, respectively, after a jury found them guilty of beating a handcuffed prisoner. The assault occurred in April 2006 while Toro and other guards were escorting a prisoner--accused of assaulting another guard—to the Special Housing Unit.

Upon reaching the elevator, Toro stuck his leg out and threw the prisoner to the floor of the elevator. Cummings then ran into the elevator and repeatedly stomped on the prisoner’s back and shoulders. Cummings stomped the prisoner so hard he left boot prints on the prisoner’s back. The prisoner was handcuffed behind his back during the entire incident. Lieutenant Elizabeth Torres and Angel Perez, another guard, watched the beating from the hallway in front of the elevator but did nothing to stop it.

After the beating, Toro, Cummings, Torres, and Perez tried to cover-up what happened. They lied to investigators and submitted false memorandums. Torres was sentenced to 15 months in prison and Perez was sentenced to nine months for obstructing the investigation into the assault.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice

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