Prisoners in US prisons have been subjected to years of racial discrimination and torture, including an inmate who was accused of shooting a police officer in his custody and was sentenced to death.
According to the New York Times, Johnnie Lang, a former corrections officer in California, has been accused of murdering Officer Michael Smith in 2013 after Smith confronted Lang and his fellow officers.
In 2013, Lang was accused by a woman in her 20s of firing a pistol at the officer after he had pulled her over for speeding, the newspaper reported.
Smith was killed while on the job and was the fifth California police officer to be killed in the line of duty since 2014.
He was the first officer to die in a high-speed chase in Sacramento in March.
In March, a federal judge overturned the death penalty in the case.
Smith’s widow, Melissa, said the shooting was part of a pattern of “racial profiling” by prison guards and that her husband had suffered psychological damage from the incident.
A California jury has yet to return a verdict on the charge.
A federal appeals court earlier ruled that Lang could not be executed due to the death sentence.
A US district judge has ordered a stay of execution until a new trial can be held, but a judge has also ordered that Lang’s execution be delayed.