5 corrections officers accused of injuring 2 inmates in Georgia prison

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Five corrections officers at a state prison in Georgia are accused in two incidents in which inmates were injured last month.

Warrants show four officers at Rutledge State Prison in Columbus are accused of beating a handcuffed inmate or standing by while the man suffered substantial injuries Sept. 22, WTVM-TV reported.

The fifth guard is accused of beating one inmate Sept. 20, injuring his head and at least one finger.

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Warrants charge Jeffrey Wentz and Keonta Anderson with battery of inmate Shawn Huerter, the station reported. Quantavious Lewis and Travaris Horton are charged with felony of violation of oath by a public officer.

Correctional officer Lamar Holland is being charged with battery.

The Prison and Investigators Office released this statement to the station: “The GDC maintains a zero tolerance policy for individuals who choose to ignore their oath and jeopardize our non-negotiable mission of public safety.”

Rutledge is among 15 Georgia prisons where the U.S. Justice Department is investigating conditions.

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