Three Pennsylvania prison guards are accused of arranging fights between inmates and using other abusive stunts at York County Prison in exchange for food and coffee.
Former guards David Michael Whitcomb, 28, Mark Andrew Haynes, 26, and Daniel Graff, 37, were all charged with official oppression for orchestrating the so-called “Retard Olympics,” according to The York Daily News.
The guards are accused of making prisoners fight and wrestle for extra food. They allegedly challenged inmates to drink a gallon of milk in one hour. Some prisoners were given the “cinnamon challenge,” while others were challenged to snort spicy ramen noodle powder. Others allowed themselves to be sprayed in the face the pepper form, and some agreed to be punched in the arm while they attempted not to fall over.
Inmates David Michael Wright and James Williams Hicks, Jr., both 27, said the stunts they were asked to pull became more and more violent over time.
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Wright and Hicks accused the three guards of organizing a wrestling match between the two of them, which took place in a closet. The winner was promised more food and coffee.
Wright claims he was also asked to wrestle Graff in the closet, and he says Whitcomb promised him food in exchange for punching him in the leg.
The abuse reportedly occurred between Jan. 1 and July 1.
The three guards deny all charges against them. They are currently suspended without pay.
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Graff claims the accusations are a “get rich quick scheme” orchestrated by Wright and Hicks.
The investigation began when authorities found a startling piece of evidence while reviewing surveillance footage. Investigators were attempting to find the source of graffiti on the prison’s south block. What they found instead was Haynes grabbing Wright by his back and neck.