Charges against three Lake County correctional officers accused of abusing an inmate in 2019 have been dismissed. LAKE COUNTY, FLA. The State Attorney’s Office claimed that there was “insufficient evidence to prove one or more components of the crimes accused” against Ian Gretka, Milton Gass, Hunter Lingo, and Joshua Petersilge not a filing on October 27.
A YouTube video uploaded by an inmate in July 2019 showed Lake County correctional staff assaulting another inmate repeatedly. The inmate who recorded the video mentioned some of the Lake Correctional Institution officials by name and rank, adding, “This is why we’re in dread of our life.” Mark Inch, a former secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, described the video as “very troubling” in 2019.
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“We will not tolerate any form of police abuse or misconduct. These people’s behavior will not be accepted. An immediate investigation has been started by our Office of Inspector General. All of the officers who were suspected of being involved have been prevented from speaking to prisoners and won’t be permitted to resume their regular duties until a comprehensive inquiry has been conducted.
There would be administrative and criminal consequences against anyone found engaging in any degree of abuse or failing to properly report abuse, Inch added. Otis Miller is seen on camera lying on the ground while being struck repeatedly by a number of police officers. Miller’s head, according to the man narrating the video, was swelled.
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