Correctional Officer attacks Inmate, Falsifies Report

| August 2, 2015

Lake City

LAKE CITY — A Lake City correctional officer was arrested Tuesday after an internal investigation found that he attacked an inmate and falsified official records to justify his use of force, authorities said.

Adrian Stephan Hill is charged with falsifying records and battery on an inmate after he allegedly approached inmate Phillip Enoch Alderman, Jr., 19, sprayed him in the face with “chemical agents” and dragged him by his shirt about five feet across the floor last week, according to a complaint.

About 8 p.m. July 23, Hill filed use of force and incident reports saying he had used chemical agents on Alderman “because he refused to return to his assigned cell” and “continued to use profanity and move around in a ‘resisting manner,'” the complaint said.

Surveillance video reviewed by the DOC’s Office of the Inspector General, however, showed the attack appeared to be unprovoked. Hill had been leaning on a partition and Alderman sitting on the floor of a pod when when Hill “suddenly approached” the inmate and started spraying him with chemicals, charging documents suggest.

“At no time did Inmate Alderman appear to make any movements that would indicate he was physically resisting Officer Hill,” according to the complaint. Alderman, who was later placed in hand restraints, filed a sworn statement “that was consistent with what was viewed on video,” according to the report.

Afterward, video showed Hill throw Alderman on his back, then Alderman rolled onto his right side and remained lying there, the complaint said. Alderman, who’s serving time for burglary and robbery charges, told investigators he never “physically resisted” Hill and denied saying anything “threatening” or using profanity.

“The Department of Corrections has zero-tolerance for those who misuse the responsibility inherent to their positions as stewards of our state’s inmates. I have full confidence in the Office of Inspector General’s capabilities and their commitment to ensuring that those who jeopardize the safety of our inmates are brought to justice,” Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones said in a statement.

Hill has already bonded out of jail, authorities said.

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