CLEVELAND, Ohio — Authorities arrested a Cuyahoga County Jail officer Thursday in an assault on a handcuffed inmate, marking the third corrections officer charged with a crime in considerably less than two weeks.
Reion Cook, 47, is charged with initial-diploma misdemeanor assault, interfering with civil rights and dereliction of obligation.
Cook has been a corrections officer at the downtown jail given that October 2001, in accordance to county data. He remains in the North Royalton Town Jail Thursday pending a potential arraignment hearing.
The incident transpired on Feb. 6. Court records say Cook “physically assaulted” a 42-calendar year-old man as he was handcuffed and booked into the jail on a drunken-driving arrest. The gentleman, according to court documents, was under no circumstances billed with the offense.
Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan stated the county positioned Prepare dinner on paid leave pending the consequence of the criminal case. She did not launch additional information and facts on the incident.
Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Affiliation attorney Adam Chaloupka stated he thinks Prepare dinner acted appropriately and should really not deal with criminal rates.
“Given all the circumstances we know from the inner investigation, we really don’t believe that he really should be charged,” Chaloupka mentioned.
Chaloupka reported Prepare dinner has by no means prior to been disciplined and has been an exemplary officer for far more than two decades. He mentioned Cook dinner had not gained use-of-power coaching considering the fact that soon right after the county employed him.
Authorities billed two of Cooks colleagues with crimes in unrelated circumstances inside the previous 9 days, with the two accused of sexually assaulting inmates.
Corrections officer Andre Bacsa was arrested June 29 and indicted Wednesday on rates of rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and other crimes. Prosecutors say Bacsa sexually assaulted three inmates from May possibly 1 by way of June 5.
Bacsa continues to be on unpaid go away and remains in the Geauga County jail on a $100,000 bond. Bacsa supervised a component of the jail that homes inmates with psychological sicknesses. At least one of the inmates who accused Basca of sexual assault has a mental sickness.
Previous corrections officer Jalen Howard was also indicted Wednesday on rape fees in relationship with the rape of an inmate in May perhaps 2019. Investigators explained Howar sexually assaulted a person among May possibly 1, 2019 and May well 30, 2019.
The indictment claims Howard performed oral sex on an inmate, digitally penetrated him and masturbated in a general public region. Howard resigned in August 2019.