St. Louis jail guard, 2 inmates charged in assault

March 27, 2021 Updated: March 27, 2021 3:11 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) – An officer at a recent riot and civil unrest in St. Louis opened a cell door to two inmates who had beaten another inmate.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the security guard, 38-year-old Demeria Thomas, and inmates, 39-year-old Antonio Holt and 39-year-old Kevin Moore, were each charged with a third degree offense on Friday.

The surveillance video showed Holt and Moore, arrested for robbery, speaking to Thomas before Holt went to the victim’s cell at the St. Louis City Justice Center. Thomas then pressed a button that opened the victim’s cell door.

“Thomas looks directly into the victim’s cell and watches the attack take place,” wrote Officer Brandon Clark in a probable cause statement. “When other inmates try to go down towards the victim’s cell to see what happens, she tells them,” Stay where you are. “

Thomas did not report the attack, which was undetected for two days. The victim was later admitted to hospital with a broken jaw and a suspected concussion.

Thomas’ attorney Terry Niehoff denied that Thomas saw the attack and said she stopped it as soon as she understood what happened.

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