Kansas City, MO – A Jackson County Corrections Officer remains hospitalized and is fighting for his life after being assaulted by an inmate.
His injuries are described as life-threatening by the Kansas City Police Department, according to KSHB.
Surveillance video captured the brutal Nov. 22 attack on the corrections officer at the Jackson County Detention Center.
Video showed the attack started at about 9:30 p.m. and lasted almost eight minutes, while other inmates watched.
The inmate, Johnny Dunlap, 20, could be seen in the video beating the corrections officer, who was unconscious for most of the attack, with various items including a plastic cone.
The name of the correctional officer who was attacked has not been released.
The officer’s injuries included fractured facial and nasal bones, and a brain bleed, according to the probable cause statement released by police.
Detectives interviewed Dunlap after the attack, according to The Kansas City Star.
“During the interview, Dunlap claimed he assaulted the victim due to pent up anger toward his perception of racism towards him for being black. Dunlap could not point to specific events or an action where the victim was acting [in] a racist manner except for saying he [the victim] did not want to be black,” police said.
Dunlap told detectives he assaulted the victim due to mental health issues and claimed to be diagnosed with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. He said he “heard voices telling him to go get him and that he deserves to have his [butt] beat.”
At the end of the interview, Dunlap told detectives that he wanted to apologize to the corrections officer if he survived.
The assault at the Jackson County Detention Center is not an isolated incident. On Aug. 26, four inmates attacked and brutally beat a corrections officer, who suffered a concussion, a broken finger, and other injuries.
All four of the inmates involved in that attack are facing felony charges. One of those inmates has been charged in a second, separate assault on a different guard.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker tweeted her thoughts on Thursday.
Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. released a statement following the attack:
“Our corrections officers are dedicated, hard-working professionals, who have the difficult job of ensuring the safety and welfare of inmates. They are an important component of our criminal justice system. I admire the work they do to keep our community safe and they deserve to be treated with respect. As I’ve stated numerous times, the safety and security of our corrections officers will always be of utmost importance.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the corrections officer who was injured in this assault. We are fully committed to supporting the corrections officer and his family throughout this difficult process.”
Dunlap has been charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured Jackson County Corrections Officer. Get well soon.