Ex-inmate speaks after Cook County Jail guard charged in beating

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An inmate whose beating at the hands of a Cook County corrections officer was captured on video spoke Monday. (WLS)

An inmate whose beating at the hands of a Cook County corrections officer was captured on video spoke Monday.

The guard now faces a felony charge.

These days, Litroy Bolton spends his time taking care of his 9-month-old son. But two years ago, Bolton was serving time in the Cook County Jail, in custody for a marijuana charge that was later dropped. Surveillance video shows Bolton getting punched several times by a Cook County correctional officer.

"I had a swollen face, a few knots in the back of the head, headaches for the three weeks I was there," Bolton said.

Speaking for the first time since the January 2014 incident, 29-year-old Bolton said he was beaten after questioning Officer Miguel Ortiz for insisting Bolton be placed in a cell that had been used to quarantine a sick inmate.

Miguel Ortiz.


"He said, 'You are going to get in the cell or I'm going to put you in the cell anyways,'" Bolton said.

According to a lawsuit filed Monday by Bolton, Ortiz continued to assault him after other guards intervened to handcuff Bolton. The 44-year-old guard was charged last week with one felony count of official misconduct. Bolton and his attorneys want to know why it took so long for charges, especially, they say, since Bolton filed a grievance in the days after the incident.

"Unfortunately, in this case of Officer Ortiz, that delay can't just be measured in time, it's measured in the assault of other inmates as well," said Vince Fields, Bolton's attorney.

Attorneys said records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that Ortiz assaulted 10 other Cook County Jail inmates in the 13 months following the Bolton attack. The Cook County Sheriff's Office disputes the numbers. A spokesperson says it is "inaccurate to suggest Ortiz is a serial abuser."
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