U.S. NEWS: OKLAHOMA
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A federal jury in Oklahoma, found former corrections officer, Matthew Ware, guilty of facilitating white supremacist attacks on black inmates, on Friday afternoon, according to a report from THE INSIDER.
A release from the Justice Department said, Ware violated “the civil rights of three pretrial detainees.”
In his supervisory role in 2017, Ware had two black inmates moved to a unit that housed “white supremacist” inmates. Later that same day, Ware ordered the guards to unlock the doors of the two black inmates. He then ordered the guards to open the doors of the white supremacist inmates. The white supremacist attacked and severely beat the two black inmates at that point.
Ware was charged in another incident. This one in 2018. In that incident, Ware was accused of having an officer tie a black inmate to two benches with his arms in a stretched out position. He ordered the guards to leave the inmate like that for over 90-minutes. The inmate sustained physical injuries from the ordeal.
Ware is scheduled to be sentenced in July. He faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence for each violation, a $250,000 fine for each violation, and three years of supervised release.