ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A recently released video shows a correctional officer at St. Louis City Jail opening an inmate’s cell to allow two other men to attack him.
The four-minute footage from the jail shows two male inmates approaching to speak to Correctional Officer Demeria Thomas on the podium on the fourth floor of Bravo Unit on March 22. According to a police report, the controls for all cell doors were located at the podium. Moments later, Thomas was reportedly seen on camera opening the victim’s cell door, allowing the first inmate to enter and assault him.
The assailant then attacked the man for over three minutes, punching and kicking him in the cell. Then the second inmate entered the cell and joined in the assault. Other inmates can be seen running towards the assault, but Thomas told them to stay where they were. Officials said Thomas ordered the attackers to leave and closed the cell door. She also did not at any time call for help or attempt to stop the assault, according to the prosecution documents.
The victim allegedly suffered a concussion and a broken jaw, as well as multiple injuries to his face and neck. Police said Thomas never reported the assault and never sought medical help for the man. It wasn’t until two days later when someone else saw his injuries that he was taken to hospital.
The victim still at the center of justice fears that the guards want to kill her, said his lawyer Mark Pedroli.
The victim has yet to file a civil complaint, but Pedroli said it could happen in the future, which means taxpayers could ultimately pay a financial price.
“When government employees conspire to attack remand prisoners, the system has reached critical dysfunction and becomes dangerous for all of its citizens,” lawyer Pedroli said in a statement.
Thomas, 38, was charged with third degree assault in late March.
Terry Niehoff represents Thomas and told News 4: “I am not going to argue this in the press. Evidence at trial, if it were to happen, will show that Ms Thomas’ intention and action did not violate any law. criminal. law. “