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Video of Tioga jail beating released: 'You wouldn't treat a dog like that'
OWEGO -- A swarm of uniformed officers escorted Tioga County jail inmate David Coffey into Intake Room 21 at 11:02 a.m. on June 21, 2010. Within minutes, they dispersed. Surveillance video obtained by this newspaper shows Coffey was left alone in the room -- handcuffed and shackled to a wooden bench with his head down -- when Lt. David Monell, the jail's top official, approached him.
"You're going to regret this day." Monell took three steps away from Coffey before beginning a 20-second attack, including at least six blows to the head and upper body. For about 10 seconds, Monell's hands appear to be around Coffey's neck. By coincidence, the day after the beating, Monell was honored by the New York State Senate as the "2010 Correction Officer of the Year." The day after that, he resigned.
Charges were never filed by Keene, who said in a recent interview that Monell's resignation was sufficient. "As far as I was concerned at the time, Monell was a lieutenant, and he was resigning his position as a result of the incident," Keene said in the interview. "I was of the opinion that that was enough -- that he didn't need to have charges brought against him." "If he had broken some bones or really done serious physical injury to Mr. Coffey, there would have been charges filed," Keene added. "But I guess the information I received was that the injuries were not that serious."
which resulted in a $62,500 settlement and the cop's resignation.
The lawsuit resulted in a $62,500 settlement in January, $50,000 of which is being paid by Tioga County taxpayers.
District Attorney Gerald Keene never filed charges against Monell, citing the resignation as "enough -- he didn't need to have charges brought against him."
It's unclear why Monell attacked Coffey in the first place, though he alleged that the inmate spit at him at one point during the incident.