Surveillance footage was released Tuesday showing a New York jail
official savagely beating an inmate, which resulted in a $62,500
settlement and the cop's resignation.
In the video, Tioga County
Jail's top cop, Lt. David Monell allegedly said, "You're going to regret
this day," and then threw at least six haymakers at inmate David Coffey
before he appeared to choke the man for about 10 seconds, the footage
obtained by Gannett shows.
Coffey had been pepper-sprayed moments
before the video begins because of "uncooperative behavior," sheriff's
deputies told the paper in September 2010, when the incident occurred.
Corrections officials then chained Coffey to a wooden bench before
Coffey suffered a gouged eye and an infection that
went untreated for months in jail, abrasions on his face and neck and a
"You wouldn't treat a dog like that," said Coffey's
attorney, William Friedlander, who filed a federal lawsuit against the
sheriff's office and Monell on the inmate's behalf.
The lawsuit resulted in a $62,500 settlement in January, $50,000 of which is being paid by Tioga County taxpayers.
a bizarre twist, Monell was awarded by the New York State Senate as the
"2010 Correction Officer of the Year" -- one day after the beating. The
next day after that, Monell resigned.
District Attorney Gerald Keene
never filed charges against Monell, citing the resignation as "enough
-- he didn't need to have charges brought against him."
why Monell attacked Coffey in the first place, though he alleged that
the inmate spit at him at one point during the incident - 14 March 2012
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