A Cook County correctional officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly beating a jail inmate.
Miguel Ortiz, who has worked as a Cook County correctional officer since 1995, was charged Thursday with official felony misconduct in connection with the January 2014 incident, which was captured on surveillance video. Ortiz, 44, allegedly punched a male detainee several times in the face and the head.
Prosecutors say the detainee refused to go into a cell that formerly held a sick inmate.
Ortiz allegedly reached for the man's arm to escort him into the cell, but the detainee resisted and fell to the ground.
"According to prosecutors, Ortiz then knelt down and punched the detainee approximately seven times in the face and the head," reads a statement from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. "The detainee was later taken to Cermak Hospital where he was treated for blunt trauma to the head."
Ortiz was released on his own recognizance Thursday. The next scheduled hearing in the case is August 18, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.