Report: Inmate allegedly attacked by prison officers had severe injuries


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Medical records obtained by The Associated Press show that an Alabama inmate who died in an alleged attack by prison officers was hurt so severely his body was covered with deep bruises, his face was swollen and at least one tooth was missing.

The documents show that 24-year-old Rocrast Mack had a traumatic brain injury, was unresponsive when he reached a hospital and never regained consciousness before he died.

State personnel records obtained by AP show a female officer was the first to strike Mack and she and a second officer attempted to cover up what happened. The records do not indicate what happened before the assault.

Prison officials have said as many as six former officers could face criminal charges in the death of Mack, who was serving 20 years on a drug charge.

A medical expert who examined Mack’s body tells AP the extent of his injuries was unusually severe.

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