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A state-wide review of Corrective Services has been launched after shocking video of a prison officer bashing an inmate has surfaced.
Reports say the violence was sparked when the 45-year-old inmate spat at the officer's face.
The security camera video from inside the cell shows the gate opened and the initial punch thrown by an officer.
After which, the inmate is seen to be repeatedly punched by the guard, while the other officers do nothing to stop the bashing.
Additional security camera video taken from outside the cell shows how the inmate spat from behind the bars, his saliva splattering the guard in the face.
The inmate had been brought to the Newcastle court complex on domestic violence charges, reports say.
Occurring last October, the bashing was reported by another officer who witnessed the incident.
The corrective services union says the guard involved is facing charges, a possible jail sentence of two years, and is living in fear of contracting hepatitis C.
"It's probably the second worst thing a prison officer can face is having an inmate spit on them, especially when they had information that the inmate had hepatitis C." Matt Bindley, from Public Service Association says.
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by TinkerHaus
If there was simply a system of unwarranted brutality then you may well have a point. However, in this particular instance, the prisoner was looking for (and got) a reaction based on his actions. Tough luck if he didn't like it, he shouldn't have spat in the guards face.
To put it another way, i know a few long standing Police Officers in a local town (Leeds). One of them serves now in a very s***** area, full of heroin addicts, etc. He has always been someone that does everything by the book and i do mean everything. However, recently he was telling a few of us in the pub about a local smack head they had arrested. The smack head in question thought it would be a good idea to attack the arresting officers with a dirty syringe. The result? Thrown in the back of the van and set about with truncheons, a la 1970's policing. Not one of us could criticise the guy for owning up to this or for being involved in the first place. Some actions provoke reactions and the prisoner in question here got what he asked for.
Originally posted by Germanicus
I would have no problem with the guard beating this scum to death. If the inmate is hard enough to spit in a guys face he should be ready for the reaction. He only did it because he assumed that he would be protected by the other guards or protected by the fact that the guy that got spat on wants to keep his job. Why do we protect criminal's?
And why dont we bring back the dual? People should be able to work out their own problems. People should be able to protect their honour. We should not be forced to live like scared helpless little rats. If a guy spits in your face he should expect to be beaten to a pulp at the very least. Instead the hepC criminal will probably be compensated by the government. Its insane.
....it seemed that the situation, rather than their individual personalities, caused the participants' behavior. Under this interpretation, the results are compatible with the results of the Milgram experiment, in which ordinary people fulfilled orders to administer what appeared to be agonizing and dangerous electric shocks to a confederate of the experimenter.
Originally posted by questforevidence
You guys know that Hepatitis C cannot be spread through saliva right? The film Pineapple Express didn't exactly help, when one of the main characters spit on someone who shouted "Ah! Herpes!" but Hepatitis is a virus. A virus needs living cells in order to spread (such as blood) and cannot be spread by spitting.
I think the dude got what he deserved. The guy just got arrested for domestic assault which in turn shows he is a nothing but a bitch ass bully anyways.