Monday, November 8, 2010

Jail Guards Charged in Beating of Inmate

Two Allegheny County jail guards have been charged in the beating of inmate David Kipp. Arii Metz and Marcia Williams, both with ten years on the job were charged with several counts. Metz was charged with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy, among other counts. Williams was with criminal conspiracy, un-sworn falsification to authorities, obstruction of the administration of law and official oppression. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said both Williams and Metz and a third guard, Timothy Miller, are suspended without pay and a preliminary hearing will be held next week. The alleged beating took place in the intake/processing department and Allegheny County Jail Warden Ramon Rustin says that while there are cameras throughout the facility, they don't capture everything, "This area in our processing, I don't consider it a blind spot, but it doesn't capture every single area." Kipp was taken to the county jail on October 13 on drug and assault charges with no visible facial wounds. But when he showed up for a hearing he had visible bruising and bandages on his face and his defense attorney Kevin Abromovitz told he judge his client suffered a broken nose and perforated eardrum and he didn't believe the injuries were caused by another inmate. FBI Special Agent in Charge Mike Rodriguez says civil rights charges under the color of law code are pending against one or more of the corrections officers.

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