Video: Ill. corrections officer accused of punching inmate

A CO alllegedly punched an inmate in the face and then threatened him if he told anyone what happened


By Rummana Hussain
Chicago Sun-Times

COOK COUNTY, Ill. — A 6-foot-5, 325-pound Cook County correctional officer allegedly punched an inmate in the face and then told the inmate that if he didn't tell others he swung first, the officer would tell superiors that the man tried to escape.

Rico Palomino, who also submitted false reports as to why he resorted to violence in the incident June 16, struck the inmate so hard the man crashed to the floor and bled profusely from his mouth, assistant Cook County state's attorney Lauren Freeman said.

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