ABOVE PHOTO: Seth Williams
Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams last week announced that Philadelphia Corrections Officer Larry Levy was arrested for the brutal beating of an inmate under his supervision.
Levy was charged with Possessing Instrument of Crime, Simple Assault, Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function, and Official Oppression. The incident took place on Nov. 25, 2014, inside the Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF).
“Our law enforcement community, and that includes the men and women of the Philadelphia Prison System, have difficult and dangerous jobs, but there is no reason to brutally attack and mace a prisoner like Philadelphia Corrections Officer Levy did,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “This was a needless and unconscionable attack and I hope that Mr. Levy’s arrest continues to send the message that no one is above the law.”
The defendant, who was an inmate at CFCF, was returning to his cell when he asked Levy if he could wait outside his cell because his cellmate was using the toilet. Levy responded by telling the inmate to “Get the [expletive] in your cell.” The inmate then walked away from Levy to ask another corrections officer on the cell block if he could have permission to wait outside his cell, and at that point, Levy struck the inmate in the back of the head multiple times. Levy then swept the inmate’s knee to knock him to the ground, continued beating him and then sprayed him with mace. The inmate, because of the attack, suffered injuries to his neck and reoccurring headaches.
Levy became a Philadelphia Corrections Officer in Oct. of 2008 and was assigned to CFCF on July 1, 2013.