Jailors Accused Of Humiliating Inmate
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 3, 2003
MIDDLETON, MASSACHUSETTS--Six Essex County Corrections Facility officers were escorted off jail property Tuesday, following accusations that they deliberately humiliated an inmate that has mental retardation.
The six allegedly handcuffed the man, forced him to kneel and eat cake, Sheriff Frank Cousins said. There were two or three episodes of the abuse this past Sunday.
A nurse at the infirmary reported the incident to officials on Tuesday.
Internal affairs investigators are reviewing the incidents which were recorded on digital cameras. Cousins told the Boston Herald he was puzzled as to why the officers would do this in plain view of the cameras.
"Am I surprised by it? Yes." Cousins told the Boston Herald. "These things don't happen here. We've put a lot of energy and time into training. We take all of these issues very, very seriously."
The inmate, who has been jailed for about two years on drug charges, is black. The six officers are white.