CLEVELAND (AP) – A former correctional officer who fought with an inmate who threw a banana peel at him has been charged with violating inmates’ civil rights, according to federal prosecutors.
The charge filed Thursday stems from an October 2018 brawl at the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland that lasted seven minutes and was caught on surveillance footage.
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Prosecutors said the guard – John McCloud, 28, of Parma – told supervisors he passed out when he fought and struggled with the inmate, whose name was not disclosed. At the time, McCloud was accused of using excessive force and failing to report the incident immediately to supervisors. He resigned two months later.
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The charge filed Thursday says the inmate had “the right not to use unreasonable force by a correctional officer” and alleges McCloud assaulted him when he was not resisting.
McCloud’s attorney, Edward Mullin, declined to comment.
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