A deputy warden and seven members of a specially trained team of guards at a state prison have been indicted on charges of repeatedly attacking inmates.
The indictment, filed this week in U.S. District Court, accuses members of the Correctional Emergency Response Team of beating inmates in retaliation for previous assaults on prison guards at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe.
The defendants are also accused of taking steps to mislead investigators about the attacks and cover up evidence.
Prosecutors say that in one attack around Dec. 16, 2010, after an inmate was beaten and taken from the prison in an ambulance, four of the team members encouraged each other to give false statements regarding the prisoner's injuries.
It wasn't immediately known whether the defendants have attorneys.
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