CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – A former Clarksville correctional officer was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday and charged with federal civil rights offenses and obstruction of justice after allegedly assaulting an inmate in 2019 at Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility in Hartsville.
Kenan Lister, 42, of Clarksville was arrested by FBI agents at his home Tuesday morning, according to a press release from David Boling, the information officer of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Tennessee.
The unsealed federal indictment on Tuesday indicting the former Corrections Oversight Officer was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart and Deputy Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
Lister is charged with one count of deprivation of rights under cover of law for using unlawful force on a detainee; one count of being willfully indifferent to the medical needs of the detainee; and one count of obstructing justice, Boling said in the press release.
The indictment alleges that Lister assaulted an inmate in a holding cell on August 30, 2019 at Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility in Hartsville, where he was on duty as the Security Threat Group Coordinator of the prison, the statement continued.
As the inmate sat in a holding cell and did not resist, Lister punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, then kicked, punched and punched the inmate in the middle. several times to the head, chest and torso after he was on the ground, the statement said.
The press release added that the detainee suffered bodily injuries as a result of the assault, and despite Lister knowing the detainee needed medical attention, he did not provide medical attention or make the notifications. necessary to obtain medical treatment for the detainee. Lister then allegedly obstructed justice by submitting a false report that entirely omitted his use of force against the detainee.
If convicted, Lister faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for civil rights charges and up to 20 years in prison for the obstruction charge, as well as a maximum of three years of supervised release. and a fine of up to $ 250,000.
The case has been investigated by the FBI and is being pursued by Assistant US Attorney Sara Beth Myers and Civil Rights Division Attorney Michael J. Songer.