MIAMI (CBS4) — Miami-Dade Corrections will investigate the role, if any, corrections officers may have had in a June 14th ambush of an inmate in the maximum security wing of Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, forcing that inmate the jump 2 floors to escape the attack.
Corrections Director Tim Ryan told CBS4 news partner, The Miami Herald, “we want to be able to trust our staff.” He went on to say, “It is suspicious.”
On June 14th, cell doors slid opened all at once in TGK’s K-81 cellbock.
Video from the incident showed inmates coming out, gathering up home-made weapons, and following reputed Liberty City Gang member Kenneth Williams, locked up for alleged witness tampering in a murder trial.
Williams could be seen on video jumping to avoid what appears to be an ambush in the making.
He was later seen passing what appears to be a home-made weapon to another inmate as he was writhing in pain on the first floor of the jail.
The incident on June 14th, was the second time cell doors slid open unexpectedly, since the installation of a $1.4 million dollars security upgrade.
Corrections has blamed the triggering of the system’s “mass release” feature on operator error.
Corrections officers insist no one pressed the button and that the control panel went blank at the time of the incident.
The same thing happened on May 20th, according to the the paper.
After, the jail added a second step to the mass release process requiring officers to confirm they indeed wanted all doors open at a second prompt after the button is pressed a first time.
Williams, through his lawyer, has criticized the jail for not moving fast enough to get him medical attention after he was forced to jump.
Attorney J.C. Dugue told the paper, “it’s hard to imagine someone on the inside was not involved in helping facilitate this attack” on his client.
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