2 Louisville Metro Corrections officers fired after video of 'disturbing' assault surfaces
The director of Metro Corrections says the officers were fired for violating the use of force policy.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two Louisville Metro Corrections probationary officers were fired Tuesday, after a video surfaced that appears to show the two men assaulting an inmate.
Probationary officers David Swartz, 47, and Devan Edwards 21, were both fired April 24, a little more than a week after the assault that allegedly happened on April 15.
Both men were hired on Sept. 18, 2017.
Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton said he was unaware of the incident until he saw body cam video, after it was downloaded from the cloud.
Bolton says the reports filed by Swartz and Edwards documenting the use of force did not match what he saw in the video that he called "disturbing."
Bolton says the reports filed by officers stated they used force because the inmate didn't follow directions.
After viewing the video, Bolton decided to immediately terminate the two officers, who did not have contractual rights because they were under probationary employment.
“We conduct background checks, psychological tests, polygraphs, and we train our corrections officers for nine weeks to the best corrections training standards in the country, followed by a field training period with seasoned corrections officers lasting three additional weeks,” Bolton said in a statement.
"What I saw on that video is disturbing and is not reflective of what we expect from our staff.”
The 19-year-old inmate was cleared by the department’s medical staff and is still being monitored by the jail’s health care team.
Bolton said the incident has been turned over to Louisville Metro Police for review, and the LMPD Public Integrity is also investigating.
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