Former Angola Prison major found guilty of beating shackled inmate

Louisiana News

A jury found a former Angola Prison major guilty of beating an inmate who was handcuffed, shackled and not resisting.

The jury also determined that 44-year-old Daniel Davis failed to intervene when his subordinates participated in the beating he took part in. Former Louisiana State Police Captains James Savoy, John Sanders and Scott Kennedy, as well as former Sergeant Willie Thomas, had already pleaded guilty for their participation in the beating and its cover up, according to the Justice Department.

Davis was convicted of “willfully depriving the inmate of his right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.”

Evidence showed Davis initiated the attack by yanking the prisoner’s leg chains until he fell face-first on concrete. That’s when Davis and the other officers punched, kicked and stomped on the inmate, who suffered a dislocated shoulder, a hematoma, a collapsed lung and broken ribs, according to the DOJ.

In a January 2018 trial, Davis was convicted of conspiring to cover up the incident by submitting false reports of a made-up cover story, tampering with witnesses and lying under oath.

Davis faces a maximum prison term of five years on the conspiracy and perjury counts, 10 years on the excessive force count and 20 years for each obstruction count. No date has been set for his sentencing, according to the DOJ.

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