Ten inmates attack guard after finding homemade alcohol while appearing intoxicated

Ten inmates attack guard after finding homemade alcohol while appearing intoxicated

According to Sheriff Laurie Smith, a correctional officer was violently assaulted on Christmas Eve, having been punched and kicked in the head, body, and groin by an inmate who had first appeared to be drunk after illegally-made alcohol was discovered on his person.

The inmate refused to hand it over and instead dropped it on the floor. The officer was attacked while picking the bag up but was able to call for help, and fellow guards quickly intervened.

The officer was treated for a torn shoulder rotator cuff, along with minor cuts and bruising.

The inmate has been transferred to the Santa Clara Main Jail, where he now faces new charges of attack on a correctional officer and is now held in maximum security.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department has been under severe scrutiny as of late, from the suspected murder of an inmate to malicious and prejudiced texts sent between jail guards at Santa Clara County Main Jail  in San Jose and the Adult Correctional Facility (Elmwood) in Milpitas.

The surfacing of the text messages has resulted in a demand by the news media to review them and identify those who exchanged them. One in particular, released by the San Jose Mercury News, read, “Cops have already killed 550 people in 2015.” The response by a second officer: “If they’re black, it doesn’t count.”

There are also other incidents that have gone unreported, such as Sheriff’s deputies’ alleged mistreatment and criticism of traffic court defendants. One such incident involved a female deputy allegedly mocking a woman who was unfamiliar with the building and could not find the correct department.

With a total of 244 excessive force complaints against guards at the main jail in 2015, there is concern that this has become the new norm for handling inmates who step out of line.

Santa Clara County District 4 supervisor Cindy Chavez and County Sheriff Laurie Smith have been working together to establish a 25-member commission to evaluate the manner in which guards are treating inmates, most notably in response to public outrage over the death Michael Tyree, a 31-year-old inmate who is suspected to have been beaten to death by three Santa Clara County guards.

La Doris Cordell, former chair of the San Jose Internal Affairs Division, agreed to head the commission.

Ten inmates attack guard after finding homemade alcohol while appearing intoxicated was last modified: January 5th, 2016 by admin
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  1. Casey Thomas
    Casey Thomas 4 January, 2016, 17:53

    First off the 244 complaints were through the last FIVE years, not just 2015. The sheriff doesn’t seem to want to stress that though to her credit, she has stated is several times when she had her event hosted by various religious group. Roughly 50 complaints a year, average. Her administration has just done such a poor job over the past 6 years of her leadership that they are re-examining all of them to ensure they were properly handled.

    Secondly, I don’t know where on Earth you got the information deputies have to attend a “kindness course” but that caused a bit of laughter among my sources. For the sake of curiousity, did you mean enforcement deputies or correctional deputies or extra help deputies (part timers and retirees that the sheriff brought on because it’s cheaper on the budget and she has to provide far less training and support for)? They’re all different, they all work in the courts in various roles with various levels and types of training as well as varying levels of sworn status. Would be helpful if you could identify what type of deputy you’re discussing or at least understand there are differences and identify them.

    Cindy Chavez and the sheriff created the commission at the demand of the public, it’s not something they magically did on their own. They also had their votes removed after the community demanded the sheriff be removed from the commission that was supposed to investigate what led to such serious failures — ie, policies, training, discipline, policy audits, etc. — these two clowns have successfully managed to make it all about mental health diversion and reviewing the discipline process and little more.

    Try harder if you’re going to try to cover this story.

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