- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas inmate won his lawsuit against two of four state Department of Correction officers whom he accused of deliberately provoking him into attacking one of them so that they could beat him.

Keith Moore, 26, is serving a 20-year sentence for a 2009 attempted first-degree murder conviction in Dallas County, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1AEySIk ).

In a handwritten lawsuit against the four guards, Moore alleged that they provoked him while transferring him from open barracks to solitary confinement at the Grimes Unit in Newport.

A Little Rock jury on Thursday ruled that two of the officers violated Moore’s civil rights and cleared the other two.

Sgt. James Hill, who has been with the department since 2001, was ordered to pay Moore $1,500 in damages for using excessive force in restraining the inmate. Moore wrote in his lawsuit that Hill had kicked him in his left eye.

Sgt. Lantz Goforth, an employee since 2007, was ordered to pay $750 in damages for failing to protect Moore.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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