Milton Gibbs, Terrance Bailey and Shaun Lowe turned themselves in today and are currently under arrest
PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 26, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that three Corrections Officers from the Philadelphia Department of Prisons surrendered this morning on charges stemming from the June 2016 assault of an inmate inside the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC) and their attempt to cover up the incident.
Corrections Officers Milton Gibbs, Terrance Bailey and Shaun Lowe are charged with Aggravated Assault (F1), Conspiracy (F1), Simple Assault (M2), Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2), Tampering with Public Records (F3), Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (M2), Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function (M2), and Official Oppression (M2).
“We cannot stand for any kind of assault, and this attack on a handcuffed inmate by sworn corrections officers is egregious. Every inmate who is held in our prisons deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” said District Attorney Williams. “I’d like to thank our partners in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons for their vigilance in recognizing this abhorrent conduct and requesting further investigation. I’d also like to thank Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock of my Special Investigations Unit for investigating and prosecuting this case.”
It is alleged that on the evening of June 21, 2016, Gibbs became agitated with the victim, a male inmate, and began pounding on his cell door and threatening him. After returning to the control desk, Gibbs called Bailey and they entered the victim’s cell and began to repeatedly punch and kick the victim. Eventually, they handcuffed the victim and walked him down a staircase, striking him along the way. Once they arrived at the cell block’s exit, Bailey struck the victim in the back of the head knocking him to the ground. Gibbs and Bailey then dragged the victim into the central control area and began to stomp on him. Lowe arrived on scene and joined in the assault. The victim lost consciousness at least twice during the assault. While much of the assault was captured on video, portions occurred where the defendants knew there were no cameras.
After the assault, Gibbs and Bailey submitted a mental health referral alleging that the victim intentionally harmed himself to cover up the assault. As part of the referral, Lowe transported the victim to the receiving room and Gibbs tried to coerce the victim to not report the incident in exchange for food from the staff kitchen. All three defendants submitted written reports of the incident that omitted their own actions and stated that only “open hand” controls were used to subdue the victim.
As a result of today’s arrest, Milton Gibbs (Date of Birth: January 22, 1964), Terrance Bailey (Date of Birth: January 22, 1986), Shaun Lowe (Date of Birth: July 5, 1990) are suspended without pay pending the outcome of their criminal proceedings.