Just another day in paradise in America’s prisons, where this sort of senseless attack happens every day, and will until the offenders are imprisoned.
Excerpts from the Article:
U.S. Attorney’s trial brief indicates the incident stemmed from an interracial pre-wedding photo shoot between the inmate and his fiancée. PANAMA CITY — An interracial marriage inside the walls of a Sneads prison is what allegedly led correctional officers to brutally attack an inmate and file false reports in hopes of covering it up, according to court records.
That is the case the U.S. Attorney’s Office expects to present before a jury in the trial of former major, 49-year-old Michael Baxter. He has been indicted in connection with a July 2015 attack on inmate Darren Glover, 44, at Apalachee Correctional Institution, 52 W. Unit Drive, which authorities reported stemmed from Glover taking wedding photos with his interracial fiancée. Baxter, who was a supervising correctional officer at the facility at the time, faces charges of falsifying records and depriving an inmate of his constitutional right to not endure cruel and unusual punishment, court records stated.
“The victim is a muscular man, and he could’ve likely gotten the officers off of him if he wanted to resist,” Canova wrote. “However, he simply wanted to get married and not get any more prison time for assaulting officers.”
Baxter “rose from his chair and began to verbally assault (Glover),” Canova wrote. Baxter “appeared livid about (Glover) not being disciplined based upon the ‘events’ of the day before.” Glover has admitted to raising his voice in response to say that he did nothing wrong. That’s when Baxter allegedly ordered the other guards to “lock him up” and “take him to the ground” before he charged toward Glover, officials reported.
“Lt. Mitchell had (Glover’s) left hand cuffed, and (Glover) gave up his right hand as well,” Canova wrote. Baxter “punched the victim in the face as well as kicked him in the face two times. (Glover) was on his stomach on the ground, and he was not fighting back.” Silcox then jumped on Glover to hold him down, which exposed his face for “clear kicks” allegedly dealt by Baxter. Baxter then allegedly falsified reports to cover up the unjust beating, Canova reported.
Officials records state Baxter, a former colonel, had a history of assaulting inmates in his decades as a correctional officer.