ME: Legislators grill Corrections chief on use-of-force incidents

This is the follow-up to the earlier post about the very disturbing use of force video out of Maine in which a supervisor is shown spraying an inmate in the face with mace while the inmate is restrained in a restraint chair (and surrounded by several officers).  The inmate begs to be able to breathe while the supervisor clearly tries to teach him a “lesson” by making it as miserable and torturous an experience as possible.

In this article, corrections staff apparently indicate that there’s very little central office oversight of uses of force, which seems dangerous in and of itself.  A legislative criminal justice and public safety committee “grills” the corrections director about the incident and what needs to be fixed in the system.  Yay for legislative oversight…

Read more here.

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