Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sherriff won't release taped jail beating

The inmate involved is probably a complete scumbag. However, if we have someone beating inmates while they are in handcuffs, it should be made public. There is no excuse for that. The sherriff obviously doesn't want this tape getting out. From the Buffalo News:

“Based upon the facts as I understand them, it is unlikely that the sheriff has a valid basis for withholding the videotape,” said Robert J. Freeman, executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government.
“Privacy considerations appear to be minimal,” he said, “and it is unlikely that disclosure would interfere with a law enforcement function.”

The Buffalo News may not have been able to get this tape, but we have obtained a copy of it:

Video on alleged jail beating withheld : City & Region : The Buffalo News

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