SHOCKING footage shows a mentally ill inmate being savagely beaten and tasered by correction officers inside his cell at a US prison.
The brutal assault on Beau Bangert in 2017 – as well as other abuse allegations – led to the sacking of three officials at the Auburn Main Jail.
Mentally ill Beau Bangert, 28, gets into a fighting stance as he waits for officers to rush in
Four officers try to restrain him with a plastic shield and a taser while savagely punching him in the face
Cell footage shows Bangert later locked in a ‘safety chair’ with blood on his face and splattered on the floor
Video of the attack was released after civil rights lawyers won a legal battle against prison bosses who tried to keep the footage and other records of abuse from the public.
It shows Bangert, 28, who was placed on suicide watch in 2017, ready himself inside his cell, adopting a fighting stance before Placer County Sheriff’s correction officers rush in.
Four cops, armed with tasers and a plastic body shield, smash him into the wall.
They bash him several times against the wall before grabbing and putting him in a choke hold.
The wrestling continues as they order him to get on the ground.
Bangert does not resist but also does not go down, at which point the male officer brutally punches and kicks him.
They [the officers] demonstrated total insensitivity and it was clearly an abusive gang attack on a defenceless individual.Mark Merin, Civil Rights Attorney
Another then pulls out a taser and fires it at the defenceless inmate, who is wearing only a prison robe.
Four more officer then pile into the tiny cell, one of them dealing further kicks, before Bangert is finally brought down.
One can be heard saying “there’s blood, be careful”.
The horrific cell footage then shows restrained Bangert lying on the floor with a “spit mask” placed over his head before they lift him up and take him out.
Blood can be seen splattered on the tiles of the room.
Later he is locked into a “safety chair” while medical technicians examine him. Another officer can also be seen holding a camera up to his face.
BEATEN, TASERED AND RESTRAINED
Bangert’s spit mask is removed and officers finally exit the room, leaving him alone with no medical attention as the clip ends.
Civil rights attorney Mark Merin said: “They [the officers] demonstrated total insensitivity and it was clearly an abusive gang attack on a defenceless individual.
“And it showed absence of training and malevolence on the part of the deputies who participated.”
Deputes Jeffery Villaneuva and Robert Madden, as well as Sergeant Megan Yawa were all fired after abuse allegations surfaced.
Bu Yawa, who was accused of filing false reports, is understood to have had her case dropped.
Villaneuva and Madden pleaded no contest to felony assault charges, the Mail Online reports.
In a video statement, Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokseman Lt. Andrew Scott said: “We brought these alleged misdeed to your attention when they occurred in 2017, and continue to be transparent.
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“We wanted to be the first to release these videos to you as well once litigation involving these incidents in over, however some of that litigation is still unresolved.”
Badly beaten Bangert received $250,000 as part of a settlement and will also be getting a $50,000 incentive award as the representative plaintiff for a class action lawsuit.
a judge noted that three criminal cases of the sacked staff were resolved.
A officer removed the inmate’s ‘spit mask’ and held a camera to his face
Defenceless Bangert was left bloodied and alone by the end of the horrifying clip
Placer County Sheriff’s Office Sargent Megan Yawa was one of three officers fired following abuse allegations at the Auburn Main Jail in the US, but criminal charges against her were later dropped
Placer County Sheriff’s Office Robert Madden was also sacked and pleaded no contest to assault charges
Placer County Sheriff’s Office A third correction officer, Jeffrey Villanueva was also fired from his position with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office
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