Cleveland.com | Adam Ferrise
Five current and former Cuyahoga County corrections officers were indicted Monday, including one in connection with the death of an inmate.
Martin Devring, 60, is charged with tampering with evidence, dereliction of duty and interfering with civil rights. He was fired Dec. 4 for his actions related to the Aug. 27 death of inmate Joseph Arquillo.
Four others were charged in two other use-of-force incidents involving inmates who were attacked by guards while they were strapped to restraint chairs, according to the indictments.
The charges are the first criminal cases secured after the Ohio Attorney General’s Office took over an investigation into Cuyahoga County corruption that evolved to include a probe of the county’s troubled jail where eight people died in 2018, by far the highest number of inmate deaths in a single year within the past decade.