A former Louisiana prison guard has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cover up officers’ assaults against handcuffed, kneeling inmates at a privately run prison.
Christopher Loring is the last of five former Richwood Correctional Center guards indicted in April. All have pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
According to a U.S. Justice Department news release posted Wednesday, Loring said he and other officers sprayed a chemical agent into the inmates’ eyes and faces. However, the indictment says Loring stood by while the others used the spray.
They were indicted about six months after five inmates sued the guards and prison officials. The lawsuit said the inmates were strip-searched and questioned about tattoos in October 2016, then allowed to dress but lined up and sprayed with Mace tear gas.