Lawsuit: Inmate beaten by corrections officer and left for 12 hours before medical treatment

Colleton County News

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A lawsuit was filed last week against a corrections officer who assaulted a jail inmate.

According to the lawsuit, Ashley Nathan Murdaugh was in jail at the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on December 27th, 2018. On that day a corrections officer identified as “CO Richardson” stated to other inmates that he would beat up  Murdaugh.

On the next day, the lawsuit stated that at 7:00 p.m. on the shift change Richardson entered the cell and pulled out his taser and threw Murdaugh to the floor.

While the Murdaugh was still lying on the floor, Richardson handcuffed him while kicking his ribs and punching him in the head. After physically beating him, Richardson proceeded to shove Murdaugh’s face against the wall, grinding his face up and down in continual motion.

The lawsuit stated that the “assault” lasted for approximately 10 minutes. Twelve hours passed before he was given medical treatment, the lawsuit added.

He is suing the sheriff’s office for the negligence in properly training Richardson.

Murdaugh is seeking a jury trial.

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