Ontario ombudsman says jail staff committing ‘brazen acts of violence’

A photo of an inmate known as "Colin" is contained in Ombudsman Andre Marin's report on abuse by some correctional officers in Ontario. Six officers restrained Colin with handcuffs and leg restraints, then beat him to a pulp. Guards initially claimed he hit his head on the floor.
Some prison guards in Ontario beat convicts, then lie about their injuries, scare them into silence and force their colleagues to do the same, says the province’s ombudsman in a damning report on jailhouse violence.
André Marin’s report includes photos of inmates, their eyes swollen shut, their faces covered in blood, and the stories of the prison guards who tried to get away with the attacks.
“Punching, slapping, kicking, stomping on someone who is under control, under restraints, is inexcusable and morally repugnant,” Marin said at a news conference Tuesday.
“Regardless of why they are incarcerated, inmates are human beings and they deserve respect, dignity and humane treatment.”

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