Florida Jail Officer Accused of Murder in “Back alley Justice” Beats 60-Year-Old Prisoner

Three Florida detectives were arrested Thursday and charged with the fatal beating of a handcuffed prisoner who had thrown urine at one of the officers, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced.

The guards were in the process of removing the inmate from a cell in the mental health unit of a Miami-Dade County jail on Feb. 14 to transfer him to a North Florida jail. After the inmate threw urine at the officer, they handcuffed him, and a beating followed, the department informs.

“After the inmate was removed even though he was handcuffed and following the officer’s commands, agents say officers began beating him. The inmate was beaten so hard that he had to be carried to the transport vehicle,” the department said in a news release.

The inmate was placed alone in what the authorities described as a safe space inside the van. CBS Miami identified the victim as 60-year-old Ronald Ingram.

“Individuals sentenced to imprisonment by our criminal courts have lost their liberty, but not their fundamental rights,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Inmates should not be subject to ‘back alley’ justice, which is an act contrary to Florida law.”

The van stopped along the way and that was when the inmate was found dead, lying on a bench inside the vehicle, the statement added. A doctor says the death was caused by a punctured lung that led to internal bleeding. The inmate also had bruises on his face and upper body.

Authorities said three detectives were arrested early Thursday: Christopher Rolon, 29, Kirk Walton, 34, and Ronald Connor, 24. Each is charged with second-degree murder, among other offenses.

All were detained without bail and online prison records did not show lawyers for the men.

Authorities said they were looking for a fourth officer involved in the case. They did not reveal his identity.

“What happened in this case is completely unacceptable and is not a representation of our system or of the Dade Criminal Institution as a whole,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Ricky Dixon. “The employees involved in this case failed, and as an agency we will not be responsible for this.”

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