WILMINGTON, Del. – The family of a guard killed during a prison riot and five other officers who survived the inmate uprising are planning to accuse the state of Delaware in a federal lawsuit of ignoring security and staffing problems.
The lawsuit will be announced at a news conference Tuesday morning. The plaintiffs are being represented by the Neuberger firm.
In February, inmates took four correctional workers hostage at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, setting off a nearly 20-hour standoff during which correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed. The siege ended after two other guards were released and tactical teams breached the building and rescued a female counselor.