Third Man Charged in Federal Inmate-Beating Probe in Maryland
The FBIâ€™s ongoing civil-rights investigation into an inmateâ€™s 2008 beatings at the hands of staff at Marylandâ€™s Roxbury Correctional Institution (RCI) in Hagerstown (â€śRogues or Regulars,â€ť Mobtown Beat, Feb. 20) has resulted in charges against a third man, 41-year-old Philip Mayo, allegedly involved with a separate set of co-conspirators than those described in the recent cases brought against two other men, 26-year-old Ryan Lohr and 28-year-old Dustin Norris.
The total number of people identified in the charges is now 12: nine officers (including Mayo, Lohr, and Norris) and three supervisors. Those not charged are identified in court documents by two-letter initials and generic job titles: officers TH, LK, MM, Rm, JK, and RR, and supervisors JH, LH, and ES.
The victim, Kenneth Davis, was in handcuffs when he was beaten four times in a 24-hour period spanning March 8 and 9, 2008. The incident prompted high-profile state-level investigations and prosecutions, with many officers fired and nine charged criminally, though 2009 jury trials ended with acquittals.
Mayoâ€™s charging documents, like those filed against Lohr and Norris, describe RCI staff discussing how â€śofficers would use force to retaliate against inmates,â€ť though they knew the practice â€śwas unlawful.â€ť
Marylandâ€™s prison agency, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), has pushed back in public comments about the FBIâ€™s current probe into the 2008 beatings. DPSCS spokespeople have emphasized that the officers involved in the Davisâ€™ beatings were rogues and that no additional training and supervision were necessary to avoid repeat occurrences, while rejecting as â€śridiculousâ€ť the FBIâ€™s suggestion that a systemic, extra-legal practice of subjecting inmates to unlawful retaliatory beatings was in place.