- A grand jury indicted two Cleveland corrections officers this week on charges of strapping a woman to a restraint chair, striking her in the head, and spraying half a can of pepper spray in her face.
- The woman, Chantelle Glass, was jailed over a traffic ticket she received two years earlier.
- The officers were among five corrections officials charged on Monday in separate incidents at the jail.
- The facility has come under scrutiny in recent months after a scathing report detailed a litany of abuse allegations and shocking conditions.
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Two Cleveland corrections officers are facing civil-rights charges and are accused of strapping a woman to a restraint chair, striking her in the head, and emptying half a can of pepper spray directly onto her face, according to court documents.
Chantelle Glass, 29, had been jailed because of a warrant for skipping court over a traffic ticket she had received two years earlier, according to cleveland.com. But she told the outlet that when she asked officers for a phone call, they refused. The outlet reported that Glass refused officers’ orders to pick up a spoon and began banging on her jail cell. Soon after, the officers began “roughing” her up, she alleged.
A grand-jury indictment filed on Monday charged Idris-Farid Clark and Robert Marsh with assault, interfering with civil rights, and unlawful restraint. Clark also faces an additional count of felonious assault.
“That day, I thought I was going to die,” Glass told cleveland.com. “I sat in that cell, I prayed to God that I wouldn’t die because I couldn’t even breathe. I prayed that I wouldn’t die there.”
Glass said she had complied with the officers’ instructions and even walked to the restraint chair without being forced. But she alleged that Marsh shoved her head and both officers told her to stop resisting, and that’s when the punching began.
Glass said Clark unloaded his pepper-spray canister into her face for roughly seven seconds. She said it felt more like five minutes, according to the cleveland.com story. She told the officers she had asthma and couldn’t breathe. She said they didn’t listen.
Rather than taking her to a doctor, they locked her in a cell alone, poured water on top of her, and abandoned her for two hours, she alleged. They denied her requests to use the bathroom, so she was unable to wash the pepper spray off her skin and eventually she urinated on herself, she said.
“I really can’t believe it happened,” she told cleveland.com.
Some inmates fear for their lives inside the jail
Marsh was arrested on Monday, and Clark turned himself in on Thursday, according to cleveland.com. Court documents show that both men were released after posting $US5,000 bonds.
The men were among five corrections officers who were indicted on civil-rights charges this week in three separate incidents at the jail.
In addition to Clark’s and Marsh’s charges in connection with Glass, Officer Martin Devring was charged in connection with the death of another inmate in August 2018 and faces charges of tampering with evidence, dereliction of duty, and interfering with civil rights.
Two other officers, Nicholas Evans and Timothy Dugan, were also charged with using “excessive and unreasonable force” against an inmate in a restraint chair. Prosecutors said the inmate was later diagnosed with a concussion.
The Cuyahoga County Corrections Center, which employed the men, has come under intense scrutiny in recent months after a scathing report from the US Marshals found brutal treatment and deplorable conditions inside the jail, where the report said some inmates fear for their lives.
The report said 55 inmates attempted suicide at the jail within the past year.
A Cuyahoga County spokeswoman did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment on the charges and the employment status of the officers.
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