Tyler Flach, 22, who was convicted for the fatal stabbing of Oceanside High School senior Khaseen Morris in 2019, has filed a federal lawsuit against Nassau County and six County correction officers, for allegedly beating him last year while he was handcuffed and awaiting trial.
In a complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York on Sept.22, Flach said the beating occurred after he was involved in a fight with another inmate on June 26, 2022.
The lawsuit, filed on Flach’s behalf by attorney Edward Sivin of Manhattan, alleges that five correction officers at the Nassau County Correctional Facility in East Meadow punched and kicked Flach in his head and body, slammed his head into a wall and used “chemical spray” on him. The alleged attack continued after Flach was handcuffed, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit names correction officers Anthony Lipp, Richard Nouss, Brian Harloff, Michael Romano, Brendan Gulliksen, and Edward Papa as co-defendants with Nassau County.
Khaseen Morris was fatally stabbed in the chest at the Brower Avenue strip mall parking lot in Oceanside, on Sept. 16, 2019, during an after-school brawl. Morris had recently moved to Oceanside and had only attended his new high school for ten days prior to the stabbing.
A jury found Flach guilty of four counts against him – second-degree murder, first-degree gang assault, misdemeanor assault, and weapons possession resulting in a prison sentence of 25 years to life. Flach is serving his sentence at the Auburn Correctional Facility.