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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pepper Spray Torture--in the USA

Amazing story today out of Maine, where the Portland daily paper has published an account of a prisoner being pepper-sprayed by prison staffers in June 2012--despite already being restrained in a chair.  And: They have the two-hour video to prove it.  And:  They have posted the entire video on their site.   Now the law wants to find out how they got the leak.  This goes way beyond "don't taze me, bro."  See key excerpt below.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is tough to watch.

Anonymous said...

Shame on that man, and every person who stood by and watched it unfold. And every person who fought to have the Capt kept on.

I live in Maine, this makes me sick.

Anonymous said...

dont worry. the children of the officers will be whore and junkies. sort of how karma works.

Anonymous said...

Amazing story? The only thing amazing is that it was reported. This goes on in jails small and large on a daily basis.

Kolleen Wilson said...

We use pepper spray in our prisons but only after all else fails. It's usually due to a person with psychosis refusing to take their meds making them very dangerous. Usually though we can go in with a couple of shields and a nurse with the meds in a hypodermic needle. The first chance we have we give them the meds and get out. Pepper Spray has little effect on a truly psychotic person and it really adversely effects the prisoners in cells nearby. It effects the whole prison as the substance gets into the air waves and everyone is sneezing and coughing for a long time till the wind blows it to some other unsuspecting area.

Anonymous said...

TL;DW- Don't commit crimes

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that the reason the prisoner was already restrained in the chair is that is was a cell extraction of Mr.Uncooperative.
In my opinion... the brief spray was totally justified INSTEAD of the use of physical force to stop his tough-guy nonsense.

Anonymous said...

This is hardly torture. After all, every officer gets sprayed with it just to be certified to carry and use pepper spray. And this inmate was clearly uncooperative and resistive, or he wouldn't have been restrained in the chair in the first place, and gotten sprayed. As for the not being able to breath part, he wouldn't have inhaled it if he had kept his mouth shut in the first place.

Anonymous said...

I am guessing these thugs are making a monster to be released into the world. While they seem to enjoy it I would bet their focus is not rehab.

Mike J. said...

Kolleen are you kidding me? That's all you have to say? How negatively it affects the other people in a prison? Let's talk about what really happened here. A below-average IQ correctional officer wanted to get his ego stroked and reassure himself that he makes a difference by torturing mentally ill people after their meds had been withheld and had "assaulted" a guard with spit. How did the pepper spray deescalate that situation? Those are the only real questions that should be asked. What was the goal of the pepper spray and was that goal achieved? Answer both of those without contradicting yourself or the purpose of the guards actions and you have won the prize!

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