A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Shamieke Pugh and Maurice D. Lee against prison staff at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville, Ohio.
Prison guards laughed and refused to call for medical attention after the inmates had been stabbed by Greg Reinke with an 8-inch knife.
Reinke had a key to his handcuffs, given to him by guards.
So Reinke, identified as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a violent prison gang, who stabbed people on two separate incidents prior to June 17, was able to unlock his handcuffs with a key and stab four inmates total.
The key was apparently given to him by prison guards only identified by their surnames Faye and Dalton before he was able to stab Pugh and Lee.
According to their lawsuit, Lee, Pugh and two other black inmates were handcuffed to a table after being let out of their cell for recreational time.
The four were playing a game of spades when Reinke began stabbing them. They’d all been strip searched before being allowed out of their cells and had nothing to defend themselves with.
The lawsuit alleges guards gave Reinke, who was not strip searched, a key “or should have known that Reinke had a key to unlock his handcuffs.”
Reinke used an 8-inch blade to stab the inmates.
He also had a 12-inch knife stashed in his sock.
As the attack unfolded, guards Faye and Dalton stood behind a locked door nearby and “laughed and Mr. Pugh, Mr. Lee and the other inmates were stabbed,” the lawsuit says.
One of the inmates was able to escape his handcuffs.
He tackled Reinke and was able to subdue him.
But the guards pepper-sprayed him instead of Reinke.
Pugh and Lee suffered serious wounds and bleeding while the other two inmates were treated for minor injuries.
As the inmates wounds continued bleeding, the guards, including a sergeant identified as “John Doe” in the lawsuit, waited to render any aid for the inmates.
It took 10 minutes before jail nurses or any medical staff arrived to treat them.
At one point, according to the lawsuit, one of the guards stated, “we should just let them die.”
Lucasville Prison Warden Ronald Erdos is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which claims he and staff knew Reinke was a violent threat “but did nothing to prevent this violence.”
To add insult to injury, the lawsuit also claims correctional officers of beating Pugh when he sought medical attention for high blood pressure and chest pain.
In total, the suit alleges 11 civil rights violations including the victims’ right to equal protection was violated.
The suit also names various jail health care providers, nurses and other correctional officers in addition to Faye, Dalton and Erdos.
Reinke received 54-years for the attack on Pugh and Lee.
However, he was already serving a life sentence for a 2004 murder in Cleveland.
According to a recent AP report, Reinke is currently on a hunger strike, because he feels he’s being mistreated in prison.
Watch Pugh tell his story and relive the horrifying ordeal in the video above.
Read the lawsuit filed on behalf of Puhgh and Lee below.