The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has answered CBS 7’s open records request regarding a fight between a Fort Stockton correctional officer and an inmate.The report states Officer Edgar Acosta and offender Lee James Clark were involved in a minor scuffle in the hallway.When additional staff arrived, Clark complied and was taken to administrative segregation.Officer Acosta then spoke with several supervisors, and was escorted to the same segregation room where Clark was waiting unsecured, and the two were left alone.The men began fighting, and Clark struck Officer Acosta in the mouth, ending the fight.Sources close to the case tell CBS 7 that the officers involved originally tried to cover up the incident; however that claim has not been verified by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.Since the incident, two correctional officers have resigned, and two more have been relieved of duty.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The first rule of Prison Fight Club: Guards, don't get your ass kicked by the inmate forced to fight you
The most remarkable thing about this story: Before Officer Acosta was taken to square off with the inmate in ad-seg, he "spoke with several supervisors" who apparently approved what was happening. That's a pretty telling statement about the culture of the place: This isn't just a rogue officer, if that's accurate; in the best case it's essentially a rogue unit. Worst case: There are more, similar instances at this and other units waiting to be discovered like odious, rotten Easter eggs that reporters were never told about. It's difficult to believe, given the complicity of Acosta's supervisors, that this was an isolated incident.