Four detention center officers have been suspended and one arrested in connection with the beating of an inmate at a detention center in the Midlands.
Four officers at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia have been placed on administrative leave without pay after an inmate was allegedly assaulted by another detention center officer. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies previously arrested 37-year-old corrections officer Robin Smith on February 25 and charged him with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Deputies said Smith and other officers had had trouble with a 52-year-old homeless man who had been arrested for trespassing at the University of South Carolina in early February. Deputies say that, on February 11, the men entered the inmate’s cell and assaulted him after he refused to follow the officers’ instructions. One of the officers stomped on the inmate’s head, according to Sheriff Leon Lott.
The inmate was taken to the hospital four days later. Palmetto Health Richland hospital officials have told the department the victim is in critical but stable condition. He is suffering from a collapsed lung, two broken ribs, a fractured vertebra, and various internal injuries. Smith has been terminated by the county.
According to Richland County officials, the county has policies set in place when officers use force against an inmate, and the four officers had knowledge of the situation and failed to report it. Their superiors are seeking to terminate their employment for failing to report the incident.