LMDC officers terminated, accused of using excessive force on inmate
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two Louisville metro corrections officers have been terminated after it was determined they used excessive force against a teenage inmate.
The firing of David Schwartz, 47, and Devan Edwards, 21, stemmed from an incident on April 15, according to LMDC. Body camera video of the encounter determined the two corrections officers used excessive and unnecessary force on the inmate, 19, who they said failed to follow their directions. This happened as the inmate was being moved out of a housing unit and into a holding cell.
Both officers were still in their probationary period, and did not have contractual rights, seeing as they were both hired on September 8. Therefore, both officers were fired immediately by Corrections Director Mark Bolton.
Bolton described the video as disturbing.
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"He (the inmate) was in restraints, he was not actively aggressive," Bolton said. "And based upon some body camera video that I viewed yesterday, it was disturbing to me, it was excessive, it was out of line."
Bolton also said corrections officers receive background checks, psychological tests, polygraphs, and nine weeks of training. There is also an additional field training period with seasoned corrections officers for three weeks.
"What I saw on that video is disturbing and is not reflective of what we expect from our staff," Bolton reiterated.
The incident has been turned over to Louisville Metro Police Department for review and an internal investigation is being conducted by the department's Public Integrity Unit, according to LMDC.
No charges have been filed.
The inmate suffered no apparent serious injuries and is still being monitored by the jail's health care team.
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