Corrections officer charged with battery for pepper-spraying handcuffed inmate

- Authorities say a Florida corrections officer has been charged with battery and official misconduct for pepper-spraying an handcuffed inmate.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office and the Florida Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General announced the charges. After a joint investigation, Everglades Correctional Institution Colonel Patrick Riggins has been charged with battery and official misconduct, due to the unwarranted pepper spraying of a correctional inmate.

Authorities say inmate Mazzard McMillan was among several handcuffed inmates who were instructed to get on a dormitory floor in July 2017. Surveillance video showed that as McMillan was complying with orders when Riggins pepper-sprayed him.

“All individuals in custody should receive proper treatment and respect,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. “The law requires it and our community demands it. The investigation into this incident continues.”


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