5 Officers Charged With Beating Inmate in Fishkill Prison
Five correction officers were charged with federal crimes for allegedly beating an inmate and covering up the beating at a prison in Dutchess County.
According to the United States Southern District of New York of Court, all five beat Kevin Moore, an inmate at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, on Nov. 12, 2013.
Kathy Scott, a former sergeant also known as Kathy Todd, George Santiago Jr. and Carson Morris were charged with federal civil rights offenses, including conspiring to deprive the victim of his Constitutional rights, depriving the victim of his Constitutional rights under color of law, two counts of obstructing justice by conspiring to file false reports and filing false reports with DOCCS.
Former Correction Officers Donald Cosman and Andrew Lowery both pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive the victim of his Constitutional rights, depriving the victim of his Constitutional rights under color of law, obstructing justice by conspiring to file false reports and filing false reports.
According to the indictment released Wednesday, on the evening of Nov. 12, 2013, Moore and other inmates were escorted to the 1-Delta Housing Unit to be confined overnight. Moore and another inmate were instructed to remove their shoelaces because they were going to be confined in Forensic Diagnostic Unit cells, which are designed for inmates with mental health issues.
Scott, Santiago, Morris, Cosman, Lowery and other correction officers were surrounding the inmates when Moore objected to being confined in a mental health cell, saying he had a good lawyer and that he was “a monster.” Morris then allegedly punched Moore and hit him with his baton. Several of the officers then threw Moore to the floor.
The defendants are then accused of beating Moore for several minutes, striking him dozens of times. Santiago kicked and punched Moore multiple times, one time in the face, while laughing, officials say.
Morris allegedly punched and kneed Moore as he laid on the floor.
During the alleged beating, Moore’s pants fell down. Cosman and Lowery punched and kicked him in his exposed groin.
During the beating, dreadlocks were ripped from Moore’s head. Santiago retrieved the dreadlocks, saying that he wanted to keep them as a souvenir for his motorcycle, prosecutors say.
Scott, 42, of Saugerties is accused of watching the entire beating without stopping the violence. Scott is also accused of grabbing the victim and telling officers to hold him in place, for more beatings, as Moore screamed, “Why, Sarge, why? Make it stop.”
Moore suffered several fractured ribs, several facial fractures, and a collapsed lung in addition to other injuries. Instead of being sent to the hospital for treatment, he was locked into solitary confinement overnight.
Prosecutors said Santiago, Morris and Cosman later met to makeup a story to justify the gruesome beating. They decided to say that Moore injured an officer, which led to the excessive force.
All five agreed to make false reports to support the cover up, officials say.