The four inmates – Shamieke Pugh, Maurice Lee, Dontez Hollis and Daryl Pascol – were sitting together, restrained. Greg Reinke, another inmate, slipped out of his handcuffs, pulled a homemade blade out of his socks and began stabbing the men Correctional officers stayed behind a closed door, allegedly laughing and debating letting the men die Guards entered the area after one of the victims got out of his cuffs and tackled Reinke to the ground The lawsuit, filed by Pugh and Lee, allege that officers strip-searched the four men but not Reinke and either gave him a key to his cuffs or knew he had one Reinke was sentenced to 54 years for the attack and is currently on a hunger strike, saying he is being mistreated by guards. Ohio prison staff are being sued for ‘knowingly and intentionally’ letting a white supremacist stab four black inmates while they were handcuffed to a table, according to a report published this week. Two correctional officers allegedly laughed as Greg Reinke knifed the men multiple times in June 2017, according to a federal lawsuit viewed by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Shamieke Pugh and Maurice Lee, two of the inmates who’ve filed the lawsuit, say officers didn’t strip search Reinke as required and didn’t provide first aid to the bleeding inmates for more than 10 minutes.
All four survived the attack at the maximum-security Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, which occurred as they were playing cards at a table near where the attacker had been seated. It was recorded on prison surveillance video that has since been viewed by millions. The lawsuit alleges that the four inmates – Pugh, Lee, Dontez Hollis and Darryl Pascol – were strip-searched by the officers before they were let out of their cells for recreational time and handcuffed to a table.
Reinke – identified as a member of the white supremacist group the Aryan Brotherhood – was allegedly not strip-searched before he was handcuffed to a nearby table. Guards also allegedly ‘gave Reinke a key’ or ‘knew or should have known that Reinke’ had a key or something similar to slip out of his cuffs, reported the Enquirer. Reinke then pulled a homemade blade out of his sock before he began to attack the men. The officers, identified by the last names Faye and Dalton, then reportedly laughed behind a closed and locked door, with one allegedly saying: ‘We should just let them die.’ Hollis was able to slip out of his handcuffs and tackled Reinke, which is when the guards arrived on the scene. The men were all visibly bleeding by this time. Pugh and Lee are seeking $75,000 in damages and claim in the lawsuit that their civil rights were violated and that they suffered cruel and unusual punishment. Reinke has denied the officers arranged the attack, but said they condoned it. He’s also ‘stated that he just felt like killing someone,’ according to a prison report
via dailymail: ‘Just let them die’: Ohio prison staff sued for allegedly allowing a white supremacist inmate to stab four black inmates with a homemade blade while they were left handcuffed to a table