A video showing a violent incident at a New Mexico jail shows inmate Susie Chavez being hit with a stun gun at the back while she cried in pain.
The ordeal took place in the Bernalillo County jail. The video had led to a possible criminal investigation against the Metro Detention Center sergeant, whose lapel camera recorded the act of violence.
According to Heavy, Chavez said in an interview that she wanted people to know that she’s fine. She also stated that she only wanted better training for officers, particularly when it comes to handling inmates in trouble.
In the video, it can be seen that the inmate is being hit with a stun gun at the back. Later on, she suffers a lot of pain from inflammatory spray toward the face. There is a point in the video where she starts banging her head on the ground.
“Put her in a wrist lock,” Sgt. Eric Allen tells another officer, “and twist her wrist until she shuts up and stops crying.”
“It was awful,” she said. “For a minute, I thought I was going to die. … That was one of the worst moments in my entire life, besides my son passing way.”
A little further in the video, the inmate can be heard saying that she will be suing them, as the female officer again hurts her.
Susie Chavez’s violent treatment sparked people to voice concern. She was in the jail on a drug charge and probation violation because of a 2011 case of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” according to The Albuquerque Journal.
She had been struggling since her son was shot and killed in 2013. According to correctional officer union president Lt. Stephen Perkins, the level of force used on the inmate was heinous and its outcome was totally acceptable.
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