Report: Auburn prison guard accused of waterboarding, brutally beating inmates

AUBURN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - An Auburn prison guard is facing accusations that he waterboarded and savagely beat to two inmates in two separate incidents, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

The newspaper says that Lt. Troy Mitchell – who reportedly cost the state nearly $900,000 in legal fees – is under investigation after two inmates accused him of pouring water over their mouths and noses while they were shackled.

The Daily News’ story describes brutal incidents in which Mitchell allegedly beat an inmate so badly that he now requires a catheter.

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision issued the following statement: 

This Department has zero tolerance for any behavior that jeopardizes the safety and security of our facilities and the individuals who live and work there. All allegations of abuse are thoroughly investigated by our revamped Office of Special Investigations and those found to be at fault face the toughest discipline allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. We are currently working to strengthen our ability to discipline staff through the negotiation of a new security contract, and through the Governor’s legislative proposal to give the Commissioner the ability to hold officers who break the law and abuse their power responsible.

Mitchell was suspended without pay.

The NYSDOCCS says the only allegation of Mitchell and waterboarding was unsubstantiated, and "therefore is not connected to his current status of suspended without pay." 

A lawyer representing Matthew Raymond – Joan Magoolaghan – has filed civil court documents in Albany Supreme Court.

A corrections officer who won a sexual harassment case against guards including Mitchell, told the New York Daily News that he is “one of the sickest people she’s ever met in her life.”

The verdict found that Mitchell did not sexually harass Collins, the state says.

Mitchell has worked for the DOCCS since February 1986.

WARNING: Some of the language and situations described in the Daily News’ post are extremely graphic and may be disturbing.

Additional details are available in the New York Daily News post.

See court documents related to the alleged incident here. 

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