Maine prison probes leak of pepper-spray video

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Department of Corrections is investigating how a video showing an inmate being pepper-sprayed by a corrections officer got leaked to the media.

The video provided to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram shows Capt. Shawn Welch spraying into the face of an inmate who's bound in a restraint chair after the inmate spat at an officer in June 2012. The inmate was left in distress for more than 20 minutes.

A story appeared in the Portland newspapers and other Maine Today Media publications, and a video was posted on their website.

The state Corrections Department has assigned an investigator to determine how the video and related documents got out.

The Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee also plans to seek a review of the incident.

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David Marsters's picture

Maine prison

What are they trying hide? The Capt did wrong and should be charged and fired!!!!!!!!!!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Spitting in a man's face does

Spitting in a man's face does not usually get you cookies and warm milk at bed time.

ERNEST LABBE's picture

Good maybe the

Good maybe the inmate will learn some respect. He isn't at Boy Scout camp. Maybe they will take away his cable and gym privilages for a week.


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