A sheriff in Illinois wants attempted murder charges filed against three maximum security inmates who attacked two correctional officers, leaving them seriously injured, authorities said.
The attack erupted at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday inside a housing tier in the maximum security section of the Cook County Jail, Sheriff Thomas Dart said. The officers, who were not identified, were hospitalized following the attack, with one suffering an orbital fracture while the other lost consciousness and was kept overnight for observation.
A video of the attack shows a group of four inmates initially surrounding one correctional officer, with another deputy looking on nearby. One inmate then punched one of the officers after he shoved another inmate away, prompting all three prisoners to kick and punch the deputies in the corner of the unit before they run out of the tier.
Two of the three inmates – David Bush, 19, and Taiwan McNeal, 20 – are charged in the attempted murder of an off-duty Oak Park police officer in 2015. The third inmate, Terrence Lynom, 20, has been held at the facility since 2014 on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a 6-year-old girl as she rode her bicycle. All three have had multiple disciplinary incidents at the jail since being taken into custody, Dart said.
Cara Smith, Dart’s chief strategy officer, said the attack was apparently planned, adding that the inmates have been jailed for up to three years.
“And the longer these men are in our custody in this pretrial status, the more dangerous and volatile the population becomes,” Smith told the Chicago Tribune. “These are young guys. It’s really awful. It’s already a volatile environment just by nature of the work we do, but the inexplicable length of time it takes to bring these cases to trial puts our staff, adds to volatility of environment and puts our staff at risk. And it’s got to be addressed. “