OFFICER RESIGNS: Perry Man ‘Beaten In Jail’

A Perry man says he was beaten while imprisoned at a central Iowa jail.

“I had a broken knuckle here, from where he twisted my hand.  I had my elbow pulled out of the socket.”  Those are just some of the injuries Clinton Richard says he sustained at the hands of a Perry police officer.

Police officers arrested Clinton Richard for public intoxication on Christmas Eve.

He says he’s still in pain from the beating he endured at the hands of one of the officers on duty that night.

Richard admits he’d been bar hopping that day. He’s been charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct numerous times and when we talked with him last night he’d been drinking.

But he says drunk or not, he didn’t deserve the treatment he received while in jail Christmas Eve.

“The whole place was covered in blood, the whole the booking room, everything covered in blood – my blood,” Richard recounts.

Richard says Officer Rick Kuhn beat him injuring his hand, arm and foot.

Richard acknowledges he doesn’t remember all of the beating, but the Division of Criminal Investigation says a video tape is one piece of evidence it used in its investigation.

That investigation wrapped up and the case is now in the hands of the Dallas County attorney who will decide whether criminal charges should be filed.

Kuhn resigned unexpectedly on January 31st.

When we asked him if he beat up Clinton Richard, Kuhn replied, “no, no, absolutely not.”

In addition to looking at the video tape of the alleged incident, the DCI says it also interviewed witnesses.

The Perry police chief says he can’t comment, because this is a personnel issue and it’s still under investigation.