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Guard acquitted of violating inmate's civil rights

Friday - 1/31/2014, 4:50pm  ET

DAVID DISHNEAU
Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A jury in Baltimore has acquitted a Maryland correctional officer of violating the civil rights of a state prison inmate who was severely beaten by other officers in 2008.

But the jury on Friday convicted Sgt. Josh Hummer of lying to police.

Jurors were also deadlocked on two other charges against Hummer.

Prosecutors claimed that Hummer violated Kenneth Davis' civil rights by failing to stop five other officers from severely beating the prisoner after he allegedly punched a guard at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.

Prosecutors say Hummer also failed to get medical help for Davis and conspired to cover up the beating.

Hummer says he didn't see the beating that left Davis with a broken nose, back and ribs.

Twelve former officers have pleaded guilty to federal charges.


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