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04/21/2011

Former Texas guard punted for kicking inmate in head with pointy boots

A Texas correctional officer who kicked a compliant inmate in the head with his pointy cowboy boots is going to the pokey.

This after the local DA for some inexplicable reason didn't take the case and the feds had to step in.

Inmate control unit

Nancy Sinatra Daniel Melgoza, a former Bexar County Sheriff's office deputy, was sentenced by a federal judge to 27 months in prison for depriving a man of his constitutional right to be free from excessive force and for writing false reports to cover up his misdeeds, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

“Correctional officers are entrusted with a great deal of power in order to carry out their critical public safety duties. But they must not be permitted to abuse that power by violating the rights of inmates under their supervision,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez.

Before the Justice Department indicted Melgoza in 2009, the Bexar County district attorney's office mulled prosecution before deciding not to file charges, the San Antonio Express News reported. 

 

-- Darren Barbee

 

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Sounds bogus to me. I notice all the press releases fail to make a point that the officer was fighting with the inmate at the time and using physical force to control him. Also notice that the prosecution used the testimoney of one the cons buddies and determined him to be a "credible" witness. The officer plainly stated he did not kick the inmate. And even though the witness and victim could not tell the same story.

I think the pointy boots was very fashionable.

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