Department of Justice today announced that former Alabama Department of
Corrections (ADOC) Sergeant Ulysses Oliver Jr., 44, pleaded guilty
today in federal court to assaulting two handcuffed inmates at ADOC’s
Elmore Correctional Facility.
According to the guilty plea, Oliver went to an observation room
holding the two inmate victims, who were both handcuffed and sitting
quietly. Oliver pulled the first victim from the observation room into
an adjacent hallway, where he struck the victim multiple times with his
fists and feet, and then used his collapsible baton to strike the victim
approximately 19 times. After assaulting the first victim, Oliver
returned to the observation room and pulled the second victim into the
hallway. Oliver kicked the second victim and used his baton to strike
the victim approximately 10 times. During the assaults, the victims were
handcuffed, and were not resisting or posing a threat. After, Oliver
returned to the observation room where the victims were held and shoved
the tip of his baton into the face of one of the victims, lacerating the
Later, Oliver wrote a false written report concerning the assaults,
stating that he only struck the victims on their legs with his baton,
when he actually struck the victims about their bodies, and also hit the
victims with his hands and feet. Oliver’s report also falsely stated
that he struck the victims until he was told by another officer to stop,
when in truth the other officer had not ordered Oliver to stop.
“Any abuse of power and use of violence by a correctional officer
will not be tolerated,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of
the Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice will continue to
enforce our nation’s laws and will prosecute those who break the public
trust and violate the civil rights of individuals in their custody.”
“Correctional officers have an incredibly difficult job,” stated U.S.
Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. from the Middle District of Alabama.
“Although a vast majority of them serve with honor, valor, and bravery,
cases like this make their jobs more challenging and dangerous. When
officers abandon their oath to protect and serve, and engage in conduct
that is criminal, they too must be held accountable. This office is
committed to prosecute anyone who violates the law."
"Conduct like that of Mr. Oliver will not be tolerated and the
Department of Corrections will work with all of its law enforcement
partners to ensure that such behavior is thoroughly investigated and
appropriately prosecuted," said Alabama Commissioner of Corrections
Jefferson S. Dunn.
Oliver faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Mobile Division and
ADOC’s Investigations and Intelligence Division. It is being prosecuted
by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Simpson of the Middle District of
Alabama, and Special Legal Counsel Mark Blumberg, Special Litigation
Counsel Jared Fishman, and Trial Attorney David Reese of the Civil