Six white officers in US plead guilty to torturing two black men
Six white police officers in the US state of Mississippi pleaded guilty to 16 felonies stemming from the torture and physical abuse of two Black men, according to the US Department of Justice.
The officers, who are White, admitted to entering a home in Braxton, Mississippi, without a warrant and carrying out an array of “traumatizing and horrific acts of violence” on the two men, federal prosecutors said.
The men were handcuffed and arrested without probable cause, punched, verbally abused with racist slurs and Tasered more than a dozen times, the investigation revealed.
The officers threw eggs at the men, held them down while pouring milk and alcohol over their faces, and assaulted one of the victims with a sword, prosecutors said.
One officer carried out a “mock execution” by inserting a gun into the mouth of one man, according to the indictment. When the firearm discharged, it broke his jaw.
“The defendants in this case tortured and inflicted unspeakable harm on their victims, egregiously violated the civil rights of citizens who they were supposed to protect, and shamefully betrayed the oath they swore as law enforcement officers,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.
The case had sparked outrage over police brutality against Black men, prompting a federal and state investigation.
“Today’s guilty pleas are historic, in the fight for justice against rogue police torture and police brutality in Rankin County, the state of Mississippi and all over America,” said Malik Shabazz, the attorney for the Black men.
In June, Michael Jenkins and Eddie Parker sued some Rankin County officials over the “sadistic torture session.”
Jenkins was hospitalized for a month after the assault, from which he suffered permanent nerve damage and numbness on one side of the face, the lawsuit said. His demeanor transformed, his mother, Mary, previously told The Washington Post, describing her once outgoing son as skittish and subdued.
Source: Washington Post and news agencies