Edited footage shows correctional officers removing prisoners from their cells, physically restraining prisoners, punching prisoners, and applying pepper spray to closed-door cells. The footage was previously made public through open record requests made by the Associated Press and other parties.
Corrections officers at the EMCF were accused in a report of mistreatment of prisoners on the night of January 11, when prisoners were removed from cells after allegedly “splashing” corrections officers with bodily fluids and other undisclosed fluids. was given. “The only way forward is to responsibly shut down the facility,” the governor said in light of the report’s findings.
“From first information on the January 11 incident at the Edna Great Correctional Facility for Women, the department took prompt action to suspend 34 staff members and immediately contacted the Attorney General’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the conduct of the potential perpetrator.” sought assistance from the prosecution,” DOC spokeswoman Liz Velez told CNN last month.
what does the video show
In a 95-minute edited video obtained by CNN, several officers in riot gear are seen walking into the cell of a woman whose face is blurred. They spray her with pepper spray and one starts punching and yelling at her as she tries to cover her head and face.
The video appears to be of body-worn cameras and security cameras.
The woman is coughing and screaming during the encounter. She can be heard saying at one point, “Did you punch me in the face like this?” And you like it?”
Five officers are seen dragging him from his cell into a hallway full of other officers, and one officer is heard saying, “You’re going to walk like a normal person, you understand?”
They take her to a medical area where she tells a woman who is not visible, “They busted my lip. They punched me in the face. They punched me in my chest. They hit me unnoticed.” Punched for reason. I don’t know why I was just beaten up. I was sleeping, they… came into my room and beat me up.”
The video also shows other prisoners spraying and punching pepper before being taken from their cells. The report said that one prisoner’s hand was broken.
officer accused in the incident
According to the attorney general’s office, several corrections officers have been accused of submitting false reports about what happened that night, in which the victim threw punches toward her torso, a claim not supported by video evidence at the scene. is.
The incident is one of several reported at the facility.
The DOJ wrote that the facility “fails to protect victims who report abuse from retaliation,” subjects those who report sexual abuse to “difficult and isolating circumstances” and officers of the facility. was aware of the abuse and disregarded it, the findings.
Earlier this year, a transgender woman was incarcerated in a men’s prison after filing a misdemeanor charge at the facility. According to her lawyer, she has been taken to an out-of-state women’s facilitation centre.
The woman filed a lawsuit in March, alleging that she was one of several inmates attacked by corrections officers earlier this year, including the January 11 incident.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, the incident in early January triggered a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office. Murphy said he was “sick of the horrific reports”, and ordered a full independent investigation by the former comptroller of the state.