KETV 25 FEB 2020
A caseworker was reportedly beaten at Nebraska State Penitentiary over the weekend.
According to the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #88, Santino Akot was attacked and knocked unconscious on Saturday.
“The inmate continued to attack Akot using multiple strikes to his head. A second caseworker rushed to the scene to assist Akot and subdue the inmate. However, in the process of subduing the inmate, the second caseworker was struck several times in the head himself with a canister of oleoresin capsicum (OC) that the inmate had taken from Akot,” a press release states.
Akot has been hospitalized in critical condition.
“We are hopeful that his condition will continue to improve,” the release states.
Akot’s family appreciate the outpouring of support from the community around the State of Nebraska.
Akot is the father and supporter of a wife and 5 children who live in Uganda, including a newborn. He also is the primary supporter of his mother, who lives in Sudan.
Akot is a member of the union and the organization’s attorney said he escaped his country as a child during the civil war violence in the ’90’s. Gary Young said Akot has worked for the corrections system for the past four years and graduated from Doane College with a degree in social work.
“It’s just so sad with somebody who has devoted himself to trying to help inmates as a caseworker is brutally attacked by one,” Young said.
Young said they want answers as to how an inmate was able to blindside an employee.
“Nobody comes to work to be assaulted, like Mr. Akot. It’s not a part of their job to be assaulted in this way,” he said.