Correctional Officers Charged With Beating Inmate With Baton

Two correctional officers and a former captain have been charged with assaulting an inmate at Maury Correctional Institution in Greene County.

The State Bureau of Investigation arrested the three Wednesday for the March 2008 assault of inmate David Richardson.

Gregory Beck was a captain and he resigned last year. Sgt. Terry Bell and Officer Brian Bostick were placed on investigatory suspension after their arrest. The three are charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

The Department of Correction tells WITN News that Richardson was struck with a baton and received treatment at the prison and a local hospital. He has since been moved to another prison.

“I have zero-tolerance for putting public safety or the safety of inmates at risk. Those who abuse inmates or operate outside the law will be held accountable,” Governor Beverly Perdue said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon.

"Our job is protecting the safety of the public and the inmates in our institutions," said Correction Secretary Alvin Keller. "This agency has zero tolerance for employees who abuse inmates or operate outside the bounds of the law and our policies and procedures."

Beck was with the Department of Correction since 1992, while Bell began work in 2003 and Bostick in 2005.

Richardson is serving a 9 year sentence for robbery with a dangerous weapon from Mecklenburg County.

According to D.O.C. records, Richardson's list of infractions while at Maury include two for assault staff with weapon, and one for assault person with weapon, all on March 21st, 2008.

Previous infractions at Maury include assault staff with weapon on December 13,2007; lock tampering on December 13, 2007; disobey order on October 4, 2007; and threaten to harm/injure staff on October 4, 2007.

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  • by BeenThere Location: atMaury on Sep 8, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    why wont you post my statement, it was composed by many and no worse than some we have read.
  • by BeenThere Location: atMaury on Sep 7, 2010 at 08:51 PM
    Some food for thought.What about inamtes spitting in officers faces? I guess you must think they are all disease free in there? Would you want one to spit in your face, or would you give one mouth to mouth? I have seen inmates kissing a 'punk' on the inside or have to 'break apart' inmates, but yet when their 'honies' come to visit- they are kissing in them in the mouth!Most inmates call the unnatural acts 'releasing pressure'. I say if it quacks...Not to mention how they will urinate in a cup and throw it on officers who follow POLICY and don't let them have their way. Better yet the ones whom covers themselves in feces and instigate an action where they know officers will have to put their hands on them. Bleeding hearts wake up- this is not happy ending movies here!
  • by a prisoner Location: new jersey on Mar 22, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    guard take an oath to uphold the constitution and based upon that they should honor their roles. I know that they sleep, and assault inmates because they are clothed in that authority. Do not for one minute think that this is an isolated incident. They beat my good friend beacuse of the color of his skin. They should therefore be punished to the full extent of the law.
  • by exprisonworker Location: nc on Feb 6, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    you don't know the whole story. All of this mess began with an employee being inmate friendly, racial, and backstabbing their coworkers. I'm sure some of you know who I'm talking about. There is a place in hell for people like that. The officers were doing their jobs and you stirred the pot and got alot of crap started causing good people to lose their jobs or quit so the wouldn't have to work with people like you. If the investigators did their jobs they would know I'm correct in what I've said.
  • by babyboy Location: nash county on Dec 27, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    was it self defense or just from being in that enviroment corrections is a stressful job and you need to know how to deal with each situation something is wrong with this picture when you have the captain,sergeant and a officer being charged with this crime when they are trained on how to deal with aggressive inmates it sad when someone is handcuffed and you are still beating them let get some control over the situation now if they are back on the floor anytime they could be shank by someone else.self defense he should have been brought under control pressure find you another career
  • by noretaliation Location: NC on Nov 7, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    yes, these young men are in prison b/c they commited a crime. That does not mean they should be abused and beaten half to death by guards. You have to remember that these young men are going to be released back into society. How is the abuse from guards going to make them a better person. Everyone should be concerned about the abuse Still happening at Maury! 2 young men were beaten by officers of the past week while in handcuffs! This has to come to an end! Yes being a correctional officer is a tough job, but that is what you chose as a career. A part of that job is not abusing inmates or putting someones life in your hands! Beating someone in handcuffs?! THIS WILL NOT END HERE! FOR THOSE WHO DID THIS ACT..BE PREPARED TO BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GATES!!
  • by Jerry Location: Texas on Oct 26, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    Being a correctional officer is a tough job. We have more agressive and assualtive inmates to manage. These days we as officers have to think twice before using force, because we are undermined by weak administratiors and managers.
  • by former co officer Location: muary on Oct 7, 2009 at 10:00 PM
    I worked at MOC. The officers slept most of the time. I had this training & when i arrived it was different. No way I was going into a pod with most of my staff either smoking or asleep. Couldnt report them my seg. just wanted to bring him something to eat every night. If you suck up your job would be doing his paper work. Yes staff at MOC i would rather work at wAL-MART!!!!!!!!
  • by Terry Sardo Location: Florida on Sep 30, 2009 at 01:48 AM
    These men and women keep the people away from from our familys. If prison wasn't like daycare maybe your everyday bad guy would think twice about doing crimes to go to a place that they are treated like they treated you, me and our fellow citzens by being robbed, raped or killed these low lifes are there because they can not be in a civilized socity. I say let them do what needs to be done to make people think twice before hurting us all in one way or another. If people are scared of going to prison maybe they wouln't do so many crimes and try to stay away from Officers like this.
  • by tony logan Location: lake lure on Sep 30, 2009 at 01:38 AM
    These Officers have a very difficult job and if you do not work there you can have NO idea what really goes on the Officers go through thing that would make everyday people cry and run away, if you don't want a convict to get hurt why don't you let them live with you and your kids or how would you you like these "poor" inmates move in next to you and your kids when they get out? Don't ever look down on these people until you see what is done to them on a daily basis. They do chose to work there but someone has to do this horrible job, if you think they are bad look up the what the inmates did to get there and maybe your liberal whinning would stop, I say give them a raise for doing what they do!

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