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Sun Jul 29, 2018, 02:02 PM

El Paso County Deputies Started a Fight Club to Reward Use of Force Against Prisoners



Use of violent force is never something to celebrate. Any time law enforcement officers legitimately use force or violence against people in the communities that they serve, it is at best an unfortunate part of the job that should be kept to the minimum amount necessary to control a situation.

Yet in the El Paso County Jail in Colorado, Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rincon was celebrated with a tiara, a “princess” plate, and a cake with the number “50” on top. The number, however, wasn’t her age. It referred to the number of times she had used force against prisoners, ranging from handcuffing to punching and kicking. She was the winner of what one of the county jailers called a “fight club,” crowning whoever used force most often as the champion.

The “fight club” competition was uncovered in the course of a lawsuit filed by civil rights attorney Darold Killmer, which charged sheriff’s deputies with using excessive force against his client, Philippa McCully. The deputies, according to McCully, knocked her legs out from under her and shoved her to the floor, fracturing her knee, tearing her ACL, and bruising her badly. After the “fight club” competition was revealed, the county settled McCully’s case for $675,000.

The uncovering of the “fight club” did lead to an investigation, but that investigation fell far short of being genuine and robust. The investigation largely minimized the culture of violence that led to the “fight club” coming to be in the first place. There were written reprimands, but no demotions, no transfers, or dock of pay for anyone involved, and there was no other disciplinary action along the lines of limited suspension. The competition was dismissed as little more than “bad judgment,” and the county denied that it resulted in increased use of force, even though incidents of use of force nearly doubled during the first two years of the competition.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/prisoners-rights/el-paso-county-deputies-started-fight-club-reward-use-force-against-prisoners

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Reply El Paso County Deputies Started a Fight Club to Reward Use of Force Against Prisoners (Original post)
demmiblue Jul 2018 OP
SamKnause Jul 2018 #1
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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jul 29, 2018, 02:24 PM

1. Sadistic evil fuckers.

The jails and prisons in this country are torture chambers.

This bible toting 'christian' country loves vengeance !!!

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 30, 2018, 10:48 PM

3. Yep. nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2018, 11:23 AM

2. EVIL LOVES THE BADGE AND GUNS

These cesspools are being uncovered by the public. Finally, justice uncovers another bizarre unjust behavior located in a RED STATE. Toddlers are not SMART enough to be in a responsible position. Too many uneducated and immature people like the president are hired to be in very important positions of power . I think bad people are hired because they LIE about who they are and what they can do...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2018, 10:51 PM

4. Sick fucks

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