BALTIMORE (AP)- A Maryland jury has awarded nearly $3 million to an inmate who was beaten by prison correctional officers almost six years ago in what his attorney called a “systemwide failure.”
The Daily Record of Baltimore reports jurors in Baltimore awarded $2.7 million to Kevin Younger, who was assaulted by officers at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostics & Classification Center in Baltimore in 2013.
Officers beat Younger the day after he witnessed other inmates assaulting another officer. Younger’s lawsuit said three officers attacked him as “misplaced retaliation” because they believed he was involved in the attack.
Attorney David Daneman said the attack resulted from a “systemwide failure” at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
The trial began June 3 in a Baltimore court, and jurors reached their decision Wednesday.