Former DC Corrections Officer Marcus Bias Sentenced to Prison for Brutally Assaulting Handcuffed Inmate in Department of Corrections

Former DC Corrections Officer Marcus Bias Sentenced to Prison for Brutally Assaulting Handcuffed Inmate in Department of Corrections

Marcus Bias, a former District of Columbia Department of Corrections Officer, has been sentenced to 42 months in prison followed by 24 months of supervised release for assaulting a handcuffed inmate.

This follows his guilty plea in March for deprivation of rights under color of law.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke emphasized the seriousness of Bias’s actions, stating, “This defendant had a duty to treat people in his custody humanely.”

The incident involved Bias violently ramming the inmate’s head into a metal doorframe, despite the inmate being handcuffed and surrounded by officers, posing no threat.

The Justice Department is committed to investigating and prosecuting cases of excessive force against prisoners to uphold their civil and constitutional rights.

U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves highlighted Bias’s neglect of duty, noting, “Like any other law enforcement officer, the defendant had a duty to protect the constitutional rights of anyone in his care.”

Bias’s assault on the inmate, who was not resisting and required hospitalization for injuries sustained, constitutes a serious civil rights violation that warrants prosecution.

FBI’s Commitment to Justice

Special Agent in Charge David J. Scott of the FBI Washington Field Office underscored the FBI’s role in ensuring justice, stating, “The FBI is charged with investigating those who violate a person’s civil rights.”

He thanked investigative partners for their collaboration in holding Bias accountable for his actions.

Case Details

According to court documents, Bias pushed the handcuffed inmate’s head into a metal doorframe without provocation, causing significant injuries.

Despite the inmate’s compliance and the presence of multiple officers, Bias’s actions resulted in the need for emergency medical treatment.

Trial Attorney Anna Gotfryd and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Truscott prosecuted the case, emphasizing the severity of Bias’s conduct and the importance of upholding civil rights in corrections facilities.

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