Two Cook County Jail officers who got two inmates to beat up a third after the second one was disruptive and tried to light a cigarette in a broken electrical box have been charged in the case today.
Delphia A. Sawyer, 31, and Pamela R. Bruce, 30, were both charged with official misconduct, obstructing justice, perjury, and mob action, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office. They were arrested and relieved of their deputy positions this morning. They have both worked for the office since 2006.
In February 2012, the sheriff’s office was told that the two officers, who were working in Division X at Cook County Jail, had brought together two inmates and “knowingly facilitated” them beating up a third, according to the release.
The inmate who was beaten up had been yelling at the officers, as well as trying to light a cigarette on a broken electrical plate, Sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki said.
The Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review investigated, and Sawyer, of the 8700 block of Covington Drive in Justice, and Bruce, of the first block of East 87 th Street, were expected to appear in bond court on Friday.