Description: MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. - Marathon County Jail inmates stood by, watched and chanted as 20-year-old inmate Fredrick Morris raised his clenched fist and drove it into corrections officer Julie Christensen's head March 27.
Minutes before Morris knocked Christensen, 36, to the cement floor of the jail's common area, officers put the jail on lockdown after a few of the roughly 28 inmates finishing lunch in the area refused to pack up their trays and head back to their cells, Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks said Tuesday during a meeting of the citizen's jail review panel.
Christensen stood with Morris' cell door open, trying to coax him in, but he continued to meander around the common area, according to a video released Tuesday by the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.
Christensen and three other corrections officer began to approach Morris as he refused to enter the cell. As the officers narrowed in on Morris, he slammed down his cup, tightened his fists, pulled back his arm and struck Christensen's temple. The blow sent Christensen to the intensive care unit of Aspirus Wausau Hospital.