TRION, GA (Times Free Press) -- A lawsuit accusing a dozen prison guards of beating, kicking and knocking out several handcuffed inmates at Hays State Prison was dismissed Friday after officers agreed to pay a $93,000 settlement.

"We think this recognizes that there is a problem with excessive force at Hays State Prison," said Atteeyah Hollie, an attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights.

The Atlanta-based human rights group filed the civil lawsuit in July in federal court in Rome, Ga., on behalf of four inmates. The inmates claim they were beaten when officers responded to a fight in a nearby prison cell in August 2010.

Georgia Department of Corrections officials said they were reviewing questions from the Times Free Press about the suit, but didn't have a response by Friday afternoon.

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