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Video: Kentucky officer punches handcuffed inmate in face

December 6, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Body camera video shows a Louisville Metro Department of Corrections officer punching a handcuffed inmate in the face.

The Courier Journal reported Wednesday that officers are seen asking then-19-year-old inmate Terry Whitehead why toilet paper was covering his cell window. Forty-seven-year-old Officer David Schwartz is then seen punching Whitehead and leaving the cell. Whitehead is suing Schwartz and former officer 21-year-old Devan Edwards for excessive force, assault and battery.

Both officers were fired in April when Corrections Director Mark Bolton found Edwards and Schwartz, a former marine, violated policy. He said Edwards failed to report the incident.

The lawsuit says Edwards told Whitehead he could use toilet paper to cover cell door openings to create privacy when using the bathroom. The video was provided by Whitehead’s attorney Sam Aguiar.

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Information from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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