Officers suspended after inmate beating
Fri, 08 Mar 2013 04:02:23 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- One Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center officer faces charges in a reported prison abuse case.
The suspect is 37-year-old Robin Smith, who is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
A county spokeswoman confirms four other officers are suspended.
Those officers reportedly did not inform supervisors about their "use of force" on an inmate that ended up in the hospital four days after the incident.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says that Smith kicked the victim repeatedly in the head and side and put his boot onto the victimâ??s head and neck while pulling the victimâ??s arm the opposite direction.
Captain Curtis Bufford of the Alvin S. Glenn Dentention Center says there are policies and procedures for officers when they have to use force on an inmate.
"As a supervisor and a leader, you always ask yourself what did we do, what could we have done, and what must we do in the future," Captain Bufford said.
The list of procedures when using force include reports from all officers involved, camera footage, and informing top officials at the detention center.
Captain Bufford says "One of our missions is to insure that nobody is any worse off when they leave than they were when they came."
Robin Smith is out on bond.
WACH Fox is told that the investigation continues.