BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that three former supervisory correctional officers at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola have been indicted for allegedly beating a handcuffed and shackled inmate, and then conspired to cover up their misconduct by falsifying official records, committing perjury, and tampering with witnesses and physical evidence.
Earlier this week, a fourth former officer pled guilty for his participation in these crimes, which occurred back on January 4, 2014.
Former Major Daniel Davis, 40, of Loranger, former Captain John Sanders, 31, of Marksville, and former Captain James Savoy, 38, of also of Marksville were charged in a multi-count indictment by a federal Grand Jury sitting in the Middle District of Louisiana.
According to the indictment, Davis, Sanders, and Savoy beat an inmate, who suffered injury as a result. The three officers then allegedly created a false cover story, claiming that officers used reasonable force to get the inmate under control after he got out of his cell and fought with officers. The officers also allegedly instructed subordinates to clean up the inmate's blood before investigators could document it, falsified reports and records, told subordinates to lie to investigators about the incident, and lied under oath in a federal civil proceeding about the incident.
The fourth officer, former Captain Scotty Kennedy, 48, of Beebe, Arkansas pled guilty on Tuesday, November 1 for his role in the incident.
"It is a sad day whenever a member of law enforcement engages in wrongdoing. In addition to direct harm caused to a victim, such wrongdoing taints the vast majority of officers who fulfill their mission with honesty and integrity. Today's indictment reinforces that no one is above the law," said U.S. Attorney Walt Green.
The case is being investigated by the Baton Rouge Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick A. Menner Jr. of the Middle District of Louisiana, and Trial Attorney Christopher J. Perras of the Civil Rights Division's Criminal Section.