From the report the man is mentally challenged low IQ. No matter what command they gave him he did not deserve to be tortured to death which is what this was. The system is flaws and there has to be a better way to handle such inmates. Hugs
Howell was charged with theft and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — a felony. According to the affidavit, Howell was labeled as “disabled” with a “juvenile disposition.” He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the arrest.
Howell was beaten by the corrections officer after refusing a command in his cell and while he was still in handcuffs as two other officers watched but did not intervene, according to inmates and one officer who still works at the prison.
The details of the beating are unclear, but multiple people said Howell was left with a broken neck and was dead shortly after the assault, despite attempts to revive him.
All officers involved in the incident were put on administrative leave.
Lake Correctional has recently developed a reputation for violence by staff. Less than a year ago, footage of a beating at the prison, apparently recorded by inmates using a bootleg cellphone, provided a window into the brutality at the facility, which houses just over 1,000 men.
The video, uploaded to Youtube, appeared to show several officers crowding around an inmate, who was sprawled on the ground as officers took turns punching him in the head.
One inmate, who is serving 27 years for various drug-related charges, said he used to live in a cell directly across from Howell, who he described as a “good kid” with the “mind of a 10-year-old boy.” He described Howell as a “chubby dude” who is not someone who could defend himself.
He said one time he witnessed the same officer slap Howell across the face for not returning a food tray. In May, he said he heard of the officer breaking another inmate’s ribs.