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Five cops restrain man down and pepper spray him in face


A video gets leaked of five police officers pepper spraying a man in the face, the guy does not lose his job and they do literally assign an investigator to find out how the leak occurred?

"The Maine Department of Corrections is investigating to determine how the press obtained video and documents about a captain's treatment of an inmate last year."

"Scott Burnheimer, superintendent of the medium- and minimum-security prison, fired Welch over the incident, but that decision was overruled by Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte, who gave Welch a 30-day suspension, according to the documents and interviews....... The Department of Corrections has assigned an investigator to determine how the information got out.

"Your possession of that indicates a breach of security on our part and we absolutely do need to look into that," said Associate Commissioner Jody Breton. "We certainly will be tightening up security -- where (information) is stored, who has access."

Breton said the probe is not being conducted because the story and video cast the department in a poor light, but because it revealed private information about an inmate."

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What would be his crime?

Be interesting to know. Not paying traffic ticket? Drinking and driving? Violating any one of just the 40,000 new "laws" created?

I looked it up before I

I looked it up before I posted the video. He performed three armed robberies and attempted to steal an ambulance.

His crimes are certainly bad, however the aggravating thing here (aside from the violations of civil liberties) is that now because of the reckless actions of these incarceration officers, we the tax payers will likely pay a settlement fee if and when he decides to sue. This is not justice or rule of law, this is thug gangery with no one being susceptible for the law.


This is even against most if not all SOP for jails and departments. Restraint chairs are for people that are either mentally troubled, physically dangerous to themselves and others or both. (smearing feces on walls, throwing it at people, spitters, pissers, biters, etc. People you literally can not let get within 5 ft of you without them doing something to endanger your welfare.

But using OC spray against that person who is obviously not a threat to 5 large men is reprehensible. The sad thing is as someone who has previously worked in law enforcement, i can tell you this kind of thing happens way more often than it ever appears to.

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I'd rather

be tazed. God damn, that's hard to watch. Utterly disgusting.

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According to wikipedia, most

According to wikipedia, most seasoned inmated state they would rather get tazed as well.


"For individuals not previously exposed to OC effects, the general feelings after being sprayed can be best likened to being "set alight". The initial reaction should the spray be directed at the face, is the completely involuntary closing of the eyes (sometimes described as leading to a disconcerting sensation of the eyelids "bubbling and boiling" as the chemical acts on the skin), an instant sensation of the restriction of the airways and the general feeling of sudden and intense, searing pain about the face, nose, and throat. Coughing almost always follows the initial spray.
Subsequent breaths through the nose or mouth leads to ingestion of the chemical, which feeds the feeling of choking. Police are trained to repeatedly instruct targets to "breathe normally" if they complain of difficulty, as the shock of the exposure can generate considerable panic as opposed to actual physical symptoms.
The burning reaction lasts, in some cases, for up to 4 hours. Intense headaches can result in some situations. On occasion, seasoned offenders have complied immediately after production of OC spray canisters, often requesting TASER usage as opposed to OC spray usage due to total time of effects."

My husband worked (past

My husband worked (past tense) for the Ohio dept of corrections as a guard. As part of their training they had to undergo mace in their face. This was so that they would know how it felt and they would think twice before doing this to an inmate. They had to leave it on for a few seconds and then were immediately treated for the mace. He came home several hours later with still blood shot eyes and still stinging. He said how you get snot coming down your face, you can't breath, you really think you are going to die. And this was from just a few seconds. They left this man restrained with no way to recover from his mace attack for at least 17 minutes of the shorter video and possibly up to 2 hours for the longer video which I did not watch. This is disgusting, abuse of power and the little arrogant pip squeak should have it done to him for as long as it was done to this man as part of a punishment. My husband received respect from the inmates because he always showed them respect. I would definitely say there were more demons from the guards than the inmates. horrible place to work. I also wanted to add at his prison any sort of improper behavior was not set to a review board. It was investigated by the State Highway patrol. Which seems a little less conflict of interest IMHO.

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I've done work in fifteen

I've done work in fifteen jails in TN for phone systems (I no longer do them because it is highway robbery for inmates, but that is another story).

Probably the nicest jail I went to was in Mayfield, KY. The only lock on the workhouse was the gate to get in. At most jails the guards would kick all the inmates off the phones the minute I got there, regardless of whether I needed them off or not. At this jail an inmate was on the phone with his wife and the older guard said we would come back to that phone later after seeing the other ones because he was on the phone with his wife.

I told him I had never seen another jail with guards that respected their inmates as much and he was confused as to why, I told him how other guards at other jails would kick them off, and he said "We've all messed up before, they made a mistake and deserve respect, the only difference between us and them is they got caught, any number of laws could land almost anyone here."

The captain is one of the highest ranking guards in most jails, right under the warden, he should have been fired.

My Goodness

Do I feel sorry for the kids and wives and pets of these people.


Fing animals.

Fing animals. Direct Link to video;

How can he calm down, he has OC spray in his face.

Seriously, how is this person

Seriously, how is this person still working in his job? As captain in a jail he was the authority figure, he should have been fired and the other five cops should have at minimum 30 day suspensions, if not all of them fired.

In other words

They do not intend to stop doing these kinds of things but they do intend to make sure we don't find out about it again.

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It is sadly laughable that

It is sadly laughable that they would really said "we were concerned about the inmates private information being released in the video."
Really? How can any serious reporter even print this garbage?

At least one person in this article actually fired the cop, but he was reinstated by the "review board."