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Press Release

Former Jackson County Correctional Officer Indicted for Using Unreasonable Force

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former correctional officer at the Jackson County Detention Center has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating an inmate’s civil rights by using unreasonable force.


Young Isinwa, 45, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged in an indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Isinwa’s arrest and initial court appearance.


The federal indictment alleges that Isinwa deprived an inmate at the Jackson County Detention Center, who is identified in the indictment as “M.F.,” of his Constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by one acting under color of law.


Isinwa, while on duty working as a correctional officer on Oct. 16, 2011, allegedly kicked M.F. in the head while the inmate was restrained and not posing a threat to Isinwa or others. The inmate suffered bodily injury as a result.


Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


This case is being prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney David Ketchmark. It was investigated by the FBI.

Updated July 9, 2015