Monday, March 24, 2014

7 Officers Arrested at the Gib Lewis Unit After Alleged Sexual Assault



By Staff Reporter
 
Woodville, Texas -  As of this afternoon 7 Texas Department of Criminal Justice Employees have been arrested and booked into the Tyler County Jail in Woodville in what is being described by an anonymous source to The Backgate as an alleged sexual assault against an inmate housed at the Gib Lewis Expansion Cellblock. 
 
The Gib Lewis Unit is a 2,200 bed prison facility east of Woodville and is home to some of over 850 of Texas' worse inmates who are housed in the high security expansion cellblock.  The high tech expansion cellblock was built in 2000 next to the Gib Lewis Unit. 
 
According to an anonymous source, a security lieutenant, two sergeants, and several officers were called to "E" pod of the expansion cellblock during the night shift on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. 

An inmate was alleged to have threatened to rape and kill the family of a female officer working at the "E" pod cellblock.  Officers allegedly entered inside the cell of the inmate making threats without protective gear, which would be a violation of prison policy. 

Once inside the cell officer and ranking staff alleged to have engaged the inmate in an unreported use of force.  The inmate is alleged to have claimed he was sexually penetrated with an unknown object by one of the officers during the alleged unreported use of force.
 
The agency public information director Jason Clark, along with the Tyler County Sheriff's Office have verified the following Gib Lewis Officers were arrested and booked into the Tyler County Jail; Lieutenant Darrick Seale (male, age 42), Sergeant Frank Mraz (white male, age 48), Sergeant Claude Kelley III (white male, age40) Officer Andrea Creel (white female, age 49), Officer Joseph Coons (white male, age 22), Officer Jamie Christian (male, age 37), and Officer David Spence (white male, age 32).  Officer Jaime Christian remains in jail tonight and the other 6 defendants are out on bond.

The defendants at this time are facing charges of official oppression, but the case is still under investigation meaning more charges might be brought. 
 
Agency spokesman Jason Clark would not confirm any allegations of sexual assault, but released the following statement, "seven TDCJ Correctional Officers have been arrested for their actions related to an undocumented use of force on March 19 at the Lewis Unit." Clark stated the case was currently under investigation and was unable to provide any additional information. 

This case brings unusual attention due to most unreported uses of force actions resulting in administrative action only.

225 comments:

  1. Arrests were made based on the words of the Offender?

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    1. no, there had to be some kind of evidence, more than likely one of the officers confessed

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  2. Offender has more rights then officers.

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    1. I know for a fact there are simply dirty employees at tdcj.

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    2. so Its a right to assault someone because you think/are told they are an offender. listen closely all mouth breathing red blooded yee haww idiots, because you are in prison DOES NOT automatically make you and offender, in fact over 20%of prisoners are actually wrongfully accused or set up by the same bullys that do this kindof shit to inmates/there charges. Now quick question, which one of you redneck coon hunters would rape your dog for barking at you in a threatening manner... you know what don't answer that, I don't wanna know. the point is that even an animal deserves a certain amount of respect and dignity, an amount that these individuals didn't afford a HUMAN BEING! Weather or not he is in prison doesn't make him guilty/innocent, and even being guilty doesn't mean your not Human, this kindof stuff has happened forever in tyler county, rednecks that have authority are scary as hell even to fellow whites. In conclusion if you side with the oppressors don't be surprised if you yourself are one day oppressed by them; when its you they are abusing will you be sad about their being fired?

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    3. Whao slow down first off I was born and raised in Tyler county I'm proud to call that home not everyone from Tyler county is a redneck piece of white trash so dont judge a whole community on a bad thing that has happened 2nd of all not all of these people lived in Tyler county I think one 2 of those people are from tyler county the rest are from other county's 3rd the co's that were involved were good bosses I've worked with them many of times I saw them just about everyday they would have your back till the end the supervisors messed up I will say that the Lt and Sgt knew the risk of going in that cell and put those co's on the line

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    4. That coming from a prison guard? You assholes that think all inmates are low life's, and all CO's are saints, get your head out of the sand and you will see for yourself that there are good and bad in every group. Think about the people whom the state of Texas has executed only to find out they were innocent. Listen to the news when they report ANOTHER wrongly convicted person has been released after thirty years of fighting for true justice! How can an inmate get a felony charge for possessing drugs/tobacco/cell phones etc unless a CO smuggled the stuff in??!!! Bad apples in every crowd!!!

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    5. 99% of people in TDCJ did exactly what they were accused of. I have two family members who are inmates and they deserve to be where they are. I also spent time in the system and I also deserved what I got. - at very most, 1 - 2% of inmates were wrongly convicted.. and that is a VERY high estimate.
      most of the guards were just normal people doing a job that sucks. there WERE a few dirty officers, but that was even more rare than innocent inmates...

      and to the punk above: Stop with the racist bull... I am not even white and I find your racist remarks offencive...

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  3. inmates word in tdcj-id is gold

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  4. With the PREA act being enforced heavily you're gonna be seeing a lot of officers being walked off just based off the inmate. This is crazy.

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  5. Damn that sucks. I know all of them.

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    1. Me to one was my Sgt for a while he was a good person but like someone said that damn prea is going to get a lot of bosses walked off cause to many people want tdc to be a hug a thug program

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    2. What about the officers who smuggle tobacco/drugs/cell phones era in to the inmates? Sounds like you are so stuck on stupid that you can only see to kiss CO asses! You need a good dose of reality!!!!!

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  6. This is all bullshit. Oig Fatass bitches pushing this n know it's fuckin lies!!! These pos criminals run the show! Someone pls tell me what we are for anymore!!!!!??????

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    1. Not bullshit, the good ole boy is bullshit.lol

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    2. Good ole boy? Have you even worked on the block? Prison is no more than a right of passage for young teens off the streets. All these recitavists need an ass kicking and no one will do it because they have more rights than the officers. The system is broken.

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    3. Prison is also a haven for ignorant people that feel like they have the right to treat inmates any way they choose. As a former TDCJ employee I saw just as much wrong from officers( they are supposed to know better). Your job is to babysit not take justice into your own hands. I've visited the Gib Lewis unit and it employs rednecks that couldn't find their ass with a flashlight and a GPS!!!

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    4. I share your sentiments. There are lifers at TDCJ who are meaner than the ones inside. I got out of the system as it wasn't just the inmates but mostly idiotic, feel-sorry-for-me-and-take-it-out-on-the-world asshole ignorant staff. So, I agree:
      Prison is also a haven for ignorant people that feel like they have the right to treat inmates any way they choose. As a former TDCJ employee I saw just as much wrong from officers( they are supposed to know better). Your job is to babysit not take justice into your own hands. I've visited the Gib Lewis unit and it employs rednecks that couldn't find their ass with a flashlight and a GPS!!!

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  7. From the Desk of BoBoTheBeaten:

    What has the union representative done about this or is he still working on the air conditioning?

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  8. I can tell you, after having participated in these types of investigations many times, that OIG will NOT arrest someone based solely on the word of an inmate. They will investigate, and if they uncover some solid evidence they'll proceed forward with arrests. If they arrested employee's based solely on an inmates word most of us would have been arrested long ago. They had some solid evidence or the officers would have walked.

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    1. thank you because that is a true fact

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    2. you are somewhat right, OIG is not the police they think they are, but there does have to be some evidence and it was probably someone confessing. the good ole days of having each others backs and not telling are gone, the glue that held us all together is very weak now with the new people we are getting, the cameras every where, and people being prosecuted.........

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    1. You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. The inmate at Montord died at the hospital from what was must likely a heart attack, hours after a cell extraction he caused.

      As far as the incident at Gib Lewis, allegations were made and the officers were arrested for an unreported use of force. The rest of it is under investigation. As you can see the media is well aware of the incidents, so your input will be of little use to those guys.

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    2. Do you honestly believe he was sexually assaulted? Are you retarded? No one gives a shit what an ex con thinks. Get the fuck out of here.

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    3. wow "no one give a shit what an ex con thinks" so you must have all the answers and none of the questions huh? so I'll take the question side of things, what did this "con we don't care about" do to become an ex con? and does being a ex con make ones knowledge undesirable? For what reason, because we have need for knowledge of all substantial viewpoints including Ex con viewpoints, also do you do a background check on your, doctor, mechanic, furniture salesmen, ect. before getting an opinnion from them? if not more than 25% of the time YOU care what an Ex con thinks, in conclusion close your mouth open your ears or you may be the Inmate getting raped wishing someone would give YOU some rights, as for how you get to prison, I would re-iterate over 25%of inmates are prob innocent, But in this case mouth breathing morons that believe the cops/law are always right and on OUR side{like yourself}, they usually get caught poaching, beating there wives/kids, molesting local children, or some other shit there hillbilly cop buddies have gotten them out of for years,because they just finally find a cop that does his/her job rather than using the oh your white too, we went to school together, good ole boy system

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    4. There were several officers from Gib Lewis that were arrested for child porn and molesting their step-daughter. This Einstein used state property to film is deeds. Along with sexual acts with a female officer on state property. Who hires these idiots??

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    5. Who hires these idiots? A bunch of other idiots? No. A bunch of money-hungry, corrupt, corporate folks who belong to the prison industrial complex and are in bed with a bunch of good-old-boys politicians.
      Stats show that, while there are - and yes THERE ARE - many decent TDCJ's cos, a large number come from abusive families, poor backgrounds, and troubled pasts - they are truly NO different than the inmates on the inside. Stats also show that the amount of sociopaths among officers is higher (percentace wise) than that present in the general population. Law enforcement careers often attract narcissistic psychopaths. These FEW bad apples rot the whole basket and give decent cos a bad rap that they don't deserve. Wardens and higher-ups are not excluded from the dirty bunch of apples. They also make life miserable for new recruits and inmates alike.

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  10. From the Desk of BoBoTheBeaten:

    It souds like the very least they failed to properly report a UOF.

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  11. I agree with you Marty, OIG had the goods on these officers. The officers most likely went in to touch up the inmate in an attempt to defend that poor defenseless female creature's honor. Someone took it to heart to teach the inmate about threatening sexual assaults and got carried away by inserting their foot in the inmates ________. OIG does not take just an inmates word. Most of these Seg blocks have cameras and most likely some of the staff made statements.

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    1. And to take it one step further...arrests would not have been made if local DA hadnt accepted the charges....so there was evidence of official oppression of some sort.....

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  12. It is sad that things had to go this far, for the officers and the inmate! I know that what the officers did was unlawful and they should be punished, but how many times has an inmate threatened an officer and gotten away with out so much as a slap on the wrist, or maybe assaulted an officer and no charges were filed? The officers are not innocent in this situation and they deserve to be punished, but let us not forget that the inmates are in prison for a reason and they are by no means innocent of wrong doing themselves! The fact that cell phones make it possible for inmates to reach out and touch someone on the outside makes even the good officers nervous!

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    1. These are two different issues and two wrongs don't make one right.

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  13. This is bullshit I worked with a number of the employees that was arrested and that's bullshit believe a convicted criminal that's behind bars for.something that's fucked up

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    1. The Officers should take the invitation from The Backgate to air out their story if this is BS.

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    2. And as soon as they do they are likely to face additional disciplinary for release of information.

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  14. Unless u worked with these officers u don't know shit. That's the one Lt I would have been happy to work for. He always had his ppls back n never let a pos inmate have their way. These Fuckin criminals are pampered, babied, brats. The damn inmate was just transferred off the unit n slipped his cuffs during transport. Hmm wonder what he had planned. Such a good boy guess he just wanted to set up a tea party. We might as well all lay it down. We have no authority on our blocks any more. From the simplest things to the major dangerous things. Hell we can barely fight when one of us is being attacked. We r just supposed to take it. It's part of the job.

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    1. Sounds like you want to beat up an inmate? You mad?

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    2. R u serious ..u want to beat up an inmate ? If it was up to meeee there would be nothing but chain gangs...chain to each other swing a pick ..

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    3. Wow, looks like u you don't know how to use punctuation, either that or form a question correctly. Sounds like u want to beat up an inmate is a statement. Now if u said,,, u sound mad, do u want to beat up an inmate? That would be a question.

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  15. Pretty much anytime an offender opens there mouth bullshit flies out, I was accused of all kinds of bullshit by inmates but they are the ones who are all ways assaulting officers and threatening them so they can all fucking drop dead !!!

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    1. Very professional reply. You are an honor to your uniform, to your country, and to your fellow officers. Your language is exemplary. Fine officer......

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  16. The pos gets out in the next month. Wonder if he'll be filing a law suit? Guess it will beat getting a real job

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  17. As professionals you should not care what a POS inmate has to say. By rolling the door, those officers gave that POS authority and respect he does not deserve. WHO CARES WHAT AN INMATE HAS TO SAY!!!!!!!! They are not important enough to listen to.

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    1. As PROFESSIONALS we are there to do our jobs, which is keep the offenders securely away from the public. It is not to punish them for their crime, but when they get out of hand we should follow policy set in place for every occasion. If we act as they do then what is the difference between the both of us. Yes it is sad that this happened but everyone chooses their own path, and these few did not follow policy, therefore they acted with no integrity in the work place.

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    2. I think u have hit the nail on the head....

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  18. Lt. Seale is by far the best Lt. i have ever had the pleasure of working under. he has always had the backs of all the officers under him, he has always done things by policy or at least that's what he taught me. Thank you Lt. Seale for everthing!!

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    1. Being a good person can only take you so far. I believe that officer Seale is a target for the informant and others because of his racial preference of dating. We are still in the South! I hope that things work out for him.

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    2. Someone who knows it for what it is.

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  19. An inmate still has civil rights! There are not stripped of their rights just because they are incarcerated! Officers mistreat inmates because they don't look at them as people, rather animals they are paid to watch. I've seen this first hand and Lord knows every officer,former or current, has seen this firsthand

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    1. Lol... so his civil rights include threatening a young woman's family with rape..... oh and by the way. Read the constitution again so you can understand it. They give their rights up when they go to prison. All they have is privileges not rights. If the constitutional rights did pertain to them as well then how is a c/o allowed to search any cell they basically please and seize any property they find as contraband with out a warrant.

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    2. Sorry, you are wrong. The Constitution does not permit cruel and unusual punishment; State laws guide what a co can and cannot do; inmates do lose some rights, but not all rights. You are not the one to decide: there are laws. Too bad you don't really know them well enough to have a solid legal argument. If your superiors read what you are writing, you could be fired. You were hired and trained to follow protocol. If you are that resentful, please go to therapy.

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  20. Safe prison act

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  21. All kinds of shady stuff at GL-EC. Just sayin....

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  22. You know, I see lots of comments that talk crap about the convicts, how they are POS's and such. Well, I agree. They are POS's. I worked for TDCJ more than 30yrs, and I've had my fair share of MUOF's. I've been spit upon, had urine thrown on me, feces thrown on me, assaulted, had glasses broken multiple times, defended fellow officers against assaults.....etc. Some MUOF were spontaneous, and some were planned with video camera and all the protective gear. In all those years, and hundreds of MUOF, I NEVER once was disciplined for any wrong doing. There's a reason for that. Staff MUST know when, where, how, why, and to what extent, they may use force in any given situation. And, then they MUST be able to use the English language to document such force on the proper UOF forms. If they fail to document, or inadequately document, or fail to justify their actions, discipline and possible criminal charges will follow.

    It don't make a difference how good a LT is, or an officer is, or any other staff member. If they fail to document properly, or justify their actions on paper, they WILL be disciplined and or arrested. It's that simple folks. It's not rocket science. I'm by no means a hug a thug. I can't stand friggin convicts. But, I know policy, and when and where and how I can use force. POLICY IS YOUR FRIEND. USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. It seems the employee's in question may have failed in that regard.

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  23. You knew what you were getting into when you signed up. If you didn't like it you should've resigned. You ppl.

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    1. crly. If you don't like sweeping shit, don't work at the zoo.

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  24. Be professional!!!!!!! It's true we don't get paid enough to put up with the abuse we have to put up with, but you can't cross the line. Every officer can defend themselves may times over if they know policy. The agency is hiring too many unqualified CO's and supervisors who don't know how to stay professional. The agency will have to increase hiring standards with pay to retain professionals who can show restraint and keep incidents such as this one from happening. Restraint, leadership, social skills, and knowledge are skills administrators need to look for when promoting applicants. It sounds like this lieutenant had social skills and leadership, but lacked the knowledge or restraint to keep him from making this bad choice. He may be a great guy, but the same thing can be said about some defendants who are now wearing white.

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  25. It's my understanding that the officers involved have already returned to shift and the charges are going to be dropped, so there must not be too much to the allegations. It's also my understanding that one person wasn't cooperating with the OIG investigator and that investigator went & files the charges without authority from Huntsville, so wouldn't he be guilty of Official Oppression also?

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  26. basically you have criminals guarding criminals! I worked 13yrs for tdc and have seen enough to write a book. I had a Lt. that I respected highly that made inmates mind as they would say, wouldnt allow a officer to be harmed but was not only raping his 8yrm old step daughter but was allowing his homeboys that also worked there rape and film the actm He is now serving life sentences stacked. You have married females that will sleep with the sergeants and Lieutenants for a cadillac duty post. The gud ole boy system is the way the prison system operates! Use of force paperwork is falsified to make injuries to offenders justified. I could go on and on.

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    1. Thank-you for speaking the truth. I wish you would write that book. Good luck to you.

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  27. is a very sad situation for all involved..but come now, there are cameras in those areas...so would you do all that where there are cameras?

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  28. Having been gone from the Gib Lewis unit for almost six months now, I find it a travesty that anyone believes such lies out of the mouth of any convicted felon. I have personally worked with all of these outstanding officers and I find it sickening that anyone would slaughter there reputable names based solely on the word of a psych patient . As we all know, all inmates do is play mindless head games and finally some idiot decided to believe it. Maybe they are the ones who needs to be investigated. Complacency is the biggest problems TDCJ next to dirty officers. I have no doubt in my mind that any of these courageous officers did anything this scrum is alleging. To all the officers involved I pray this shall pass and y'all can return to work to do what many are afraid to do! Keep up the GOOD work!!

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  29. Jamie Christian never spent the night in jail. He is out on bail too. Print the facts. Don't make it look like he is still there.

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    1. The facts were reported from the information we received from the agency and the sheriff's department. No where in the story does it state he spent the night in jail. As of 6 PM on 03-24-2014 the Tyler County Sheriff's Department showed he was still incarcerated. Current reports show he bonded out on the same date. Stories can not be updated in real time.

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  30. I think the issue is the unreported use of force. The second issue was the officers lied to OIG about the issue. Yes there are cameras, but they don't always record what goes on in the cell. It doesn't sound like these officers acted professional. They are not going to get a hero's welcome home. I don't think OIG was right, but may have gone too far by filing charges. The inmate made an accusation and these officers lied about what they really did. Touching up the inmate is one thing, but they put themselves in this situation by lying and failing to report the use of force.

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  31. You can't fix stupid!

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  32. Come on people we are supposed to all be adults. We can go on and on about what our OPINIONS are in light of the situation, but unless we know all the facts, we should keep all negative opinions to ourselves. Its sad that we live in such a judgmental society that just because they read it on the internet or hear it come out of someone's mouth, then it must be true. NEWFLASH unless you were there, which I highly doubt many of you were, get a life and quit spreading nonsense.

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  33. To much politics

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  34. Amen!!! If you didn't see it with your own eyes then don't spread it with your big mouth!!!!

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  35. Amen!!! If you didn't see it with your own eyes then don't spread it with your big mouth!!!!

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    1. It was in the paper. That is how most people heard about it.

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  36. 1st) Why was the cell entered by the officials?
    2nd) Was it a violation of policy?
    3rd) What was the intended result when entering the cell?
    4th) Was the result intended accomplished by the act?
    5th) Was it the intent of the officials to commit bodily injury or threat of bodily injury to the victim (in this case a POS offender)?

    Was the unreported use of force done knowingly and intentionally or was it through gross negligence?
    I too have worked as an officer for TDCJ for over 30 years. We are held to a higher standard than offenders. We are in a position of authority and have the power to enforce laws and TDCJ rules upon the offenders through policy. When we abuse that authority, then we should be held accountable. Although this offender is probably a POS, we cannot lower ourselves to vigilante justice and open up a can of whup ass upon one when they threaten to do us or our co-workers bodily harm. Just like a police officer, we enforce the rules and use policy to gain compliance of the law and compliance of the rules and regulations of the offenders.
    The supervisors in this case, if found guilty of "Official Oppression" or( Assault )should receive a higher punishment than the CO's involved, if this illegal act did occur.
    The uniforms that we wear shields us against any personal verbal abuse or threats, however they will not deflect any physical attack. We have a right to defend ourselves in the case an imminent threat of physical safety. Remember, we are professionals and we are to act as such.
    The supervisors involved may have your back and that is good. It is not good when they violate the civil rights of a convicted POS by entering a cell with intent to do bodily harm of threaten physical bodily harm upon one. That is Official Oppression and a felony. Be careful who you follow. Be careful what you cover up. Do your job using POLICY that is in place and you can't go wrong. In this case, if found guilty the officers lose and the convicted POS wins because of stupidity and lack of self restraint of all officials involved. Don't let offenders steal your cool, if so, they win. Always--CYA. and follow policy, you will never go wrong. Now, looks like this offender won, and now some may turn in the gray to wear white over what---abuse of authority!
    What is done in the dark will eventually come to the light !!!

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    1. he must've crossed the line when he made the threat to a female that one of them was banging! If youre satisfying them sexually youre given protection rights but if youre one that will put them and im speaking rank in their place they wouldnt give a dam if they shitted you down everytime you hit the runs

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    2. If u don't know the woman keep ur Fuckin mouth shut. That Lt would have any member of his teams back. Just because they had hers doesn't mean she was banging a of them. If u had a female boss that's still pretty new get spoken too the way she was from an offender about to be released n saw how upset it made her u wouldn't be there for her, even if she wasn't sleeping with you? Probably not coward.

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  37. First off for all you inmate lovers out there and ex inmates if you stayed out of trouble you would not have to go through tech and the things that go along with it you behave like you are suppose to and you would not get beat down second nit everyone that works for tdcj is like that I worked for them and I made inmates mind and I did not sleep with my co workers and I was a ranking officer so people reading these comments of parolees take what you hear with a grain of sand. I'm sure the inmate deserved everything he got.

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    1. Wow, you are a ranking officer. That is so sad. I am a retired tdcj co.

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  38. First of all, the POS probably deserved more than what he got dished out by these officials, as you say "BEAT DOWN". But, it is not our place as TDCJ officials to hand out punishment, just like it is not the place for Police Officers to beat down every person who gives them lip "cursing or threats" That is what the justice system (courts and Disciplinary system is for). You don't have to be an inmate lover to be professional. Being professional starts with having moral integrity that is already in you as a person that roles over into your profession, either as a corrections officer or police officer. Again, we are professionals and should not allow offenders to "beat us down with verbal attacks of hostile words" but at the same time we can't allow them to win in the end by losing our cool and self restraint and violate the civil rights of anyone, even a POS like this offender by beating one's ass. If they did that, then they also deserve what they get. Every action has consequences, right or wrong.

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    1. Well said. But.... who is listening? Not the sobs who take the law into their own hands.

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  39. Cos are all back at work!!!!!

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  40. To all of you out there that have automatically found the officers guilty make sure to get your facts straight once the inmate got to the other unit he changed his story. He said he made those statements just to get moved . And yes all the cos are back at work cause just like me and everybody that is involved we know that they all of this is BS.

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    1. I know they do not go just by an inmates word. There had to be more to it. If they did, all co's would be fired.

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    2. If this is BS, The Backgate has invited the officers to air out their side of the story from their prospective. It would make an interesting story if this is the case. They should put OIG on blast if this is truly an OIG screw up.

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    3. They can't at this time if they have hired legal assistance. There is far more to this story. Inmates like this guy makes it hard for the inmate population. He's a young know it all and hadn't learned anything from being in prison. He is bragging,counting this as stripes for having these officers arrested. The fact that he is due to be released soon makes it even worse. If he follows up on his many threats, who's to blame? He should be placed right back where he came from...to face the people that he lied on- thats justice.

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  41. Being both a correctional officer under warden alford who was a tough warden who later became region one director retired went to work for cca which I later went to he ran that facility like tdcj so did warden ken montgomery then I got introuble with the law tampering with a goverment record messed up on probation stopped reporting got 5 yrs tdcj time did time at wynne in huntsville then neal the guards at wynne were far perfessional then at neal I knew tdcj rules and pd policys never caught a case nor got into a fight I followed straight and narrow but it was sure hard when at neal female officers would flirt with u then tell u when u get out lets go out and we did being from lubbock it was awesome but nothing meterlized

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  42. So what it's starting to sound like, based on a couple of the comments here, OIG showed up to investigate the allegations. One or more of the officers, probably wisely, said they wanted to lawyer up / plead the 5th, or something to that effect. The OIG officer got frustrated, and decided to book everybody involved at the county jail, ostensibly hoping somebody would start talking.

    After all my interaction with OIG, reading executive summaries sent out by EAC over a period of years, et cetera, I'm really pretty surprised OIG would arrest an employee without an airtight case. If the employees are already back on shift, it sure looks like OIG didn't have much of a case to begin with.

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  43. I will keep these officers in my prayers because they could be in white jumper.

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  44. All these anonymous post will never change anything because you are to cowardly to stand up for what you believe in so stfu you signed up for it...

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    1. so... post your picture big guy or girl or coward!

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    2. Are you his family? We don't need threats against our family from an inmate. Of course we are anonymous. Prisoners get out of jail and retaliate all the time.

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    3. Tlewis,if that is your name, it is the nature of the beast that is the internet. You can say whoever the fuck you want to say you are and unless you are the web administrator there's no way to verify. I could say my name is Kevin St. Aubin or Rick Perry and you couldn't tell which is true. As far as "you signed up for it", I don't recall seeing being the victim of verbal/physical assault anywhere in the job description.

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    4. Ymmv Lewis funny same last name as the offender

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    5. Inmate Lewis has already changed his story. He was not sexually penetrated. He said he said that
      so he could be moved to another unit.

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    6. It's too bad the operator of the BACKGATE has been pressured to keep this matter quiet... This is not the first time OIG screwed up. Several years ago they charged an officer at Estelle with sexual assault. The DNA came back belonging to another offender... The agency is trying to cover this one up and they probably will. The truth comes out when people talk. The worst you have here is an administrative violation.

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    7. Pressure? Really. This administrator of the Backgate has felt no pressure. Time will tell. The investigation is current, ongoing, and The Backgate does NOT intend to jeopardize such an investigation. If the officers are guilty, it will come out. If the OIG somehow failed to do their jobs, it will also become apparent as things progress. Funny thing about our court system, it tends to work well if given a chance. Defense attorney's have a knack for exposing an investigations faults.

      While The Backgate would definitely report if OIG somehow committed negligence or misconduct in this investigation, that remains to be seen. And, what most folks fail to realize is that even if OIG did not screw up the investigation, and did a great investigation, the officers may still be found innocent of any wrong doing. The officers should be considered innocent, until proven guilty, as should anyone accused of a crime.

      So, in light of this, it will be interesting to wait, and see, how this all turns out. And, we at The Backgate assure you that if and when new information becomes publicly available we'll do our best to report the FACTS as we know them.

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  45. OIG are police officers. They do not answer to any warden or huntsville TDCJ director. First, if an on scene arrest is made, then the act must happen in their presence. So, for them to be arrested aftet the act, there had to be speciific facts and cicumstances articulated and probable cause to support the warrannts of arrest presented to a judge who read the PC and signed the warrants. PC may not be enough to comvict but enough to arrest. Apparently, there was enough evidence to charge them with Official Oppression or they would not have been arrested. As for as the alleged assault, investigations will be conducted to determine if they will be charged with assault. If policy would have been followed they would not be in this predicament.

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  46. This is a nice read but extremely biased. Maybe the administrator of this website should consider the source especially if they are saying things like Sergeant Frank Mraz (white male, age 48), Sergeant Claude Kelley III (white male, age40)! I assume that officer Darrick Seale and Jamie Christian are not white…This employee obviously has partial facts and they’re color blind! Hopefully when the truth comes out about all the individuals accused specifically by name, and it will be posted to this site. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? The American way has turned into an endless array of he said, she said no matter who he or she is! We are hanging on the word of a color blind employee (obviously with a motive) and an inmate who has been trying for a while to be moved off his current unit. Is it possible that the criminal lied to get off the unit especially since he slipped out of his handcuffs while being transported. That inmate did not land in a maximum security prison because he was a saint! Why is he protected and not mentioned when the men named here just had their names slandered?

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    2. Perception plays a critical role in establishing a sense of behavior for those accused! Theoretically perception kicks off a litany of possibilities and opinions which is why facts should be stated without throwing in bits and pieces of “perception” pawning it off as “allegation” hiding behind the word alleged.

      People mentioned specifically by name have had their character attacked and put on front and center stage for the public to judge based on “allegations”.
      For example: The inmate is alleged to have claimed he was sexually penetrated with an unknown object by one of the officers during the alleged unreported use of force. The use of the word alleged here does not negate the accusation, in fact builds a negative perception of the all 7 of the accused.

      “Officer Jaime Christian remains in jail tonight and the other 6 defendants are out on bond” implies that he must have been heavily involved when in fact, he may have been the last one taken in due to him being off when the others were arrested and the first to be released within a few hrs. after being arrested.

      ”The defendants at this time are facing charges of official oppression, but the case is still under investigation meaning more charges might be brought.”

      Thank goodness perception is not reality and use of the word alleged is obviously misused over and over again. It’s ok to report information, just stick to the facts!!! Also- Maybe you should not copy and paste information you retrieved from the County Sherriff’s office, it could be “PERCEIVED” as being racial.

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    3. The nice thing about the English language is some people know how to read it without assuming or perceiving things that are not intended. The article is clearly written with factual information. Just because you perceive something does not mean the writer is at fault for someones lack of reading comprehension. The fact is you may be upset over the incident. The article clearly states the facts and clearly labels allegations as such. The officers have an invitation to make their voices heard from their prospective.

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    4. So attacking the OIG Officer is not wrong. Or implying the article is racist is not wrong????? I don't see how officers engaged in an unreported use of force and lying to OIG could get upset. It seems like they brought it on themselves. Trying to divert attention away from the situation only seems to imply more guilt.

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    5. Jamie. Christian was released from jail the same da he turned himself in which was Monday the the 24th

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    6. As of 6:00 PM on 03-24-2014, Christian was listed as being incarcerated in the county jail and the Backgate's editor confirmed this information. We are not denying the fact he bonded out on 03-24-2014. The bonding and release information was made after this story was written, so as of the time of this story, the information was accurate.

      If Christian wants to tell his side of this story, we would be glad to publish it. Unfortunately he has not contacted us to tell his side of the story.

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    7. Im quite sure he wont be contacting you all as a matter of fact I positive he won't be

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  47. The fact of the matter here is if he was rapped, that can be detected. If he was beaten, that can be proved! The facts will come out! Prisoners have more rights than average citizens. We should have a better appreciation of the people who work to keep prisoners where they belong. I’m not saying things like this don’t happen, I’m saying, things like this should be proved considering the crime of some of these inmates.

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  48. If these things are true, why are these men still working??? Interested in hearing more facts on this...

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  49. There were two more officers who were on duty that night questioned but not jailed. Why were they not named or jailed. Can you ask your color blind informant that?

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  50. These arrest were clearly made prematurely! This is going to get very interesting to say the least. Ouch!

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  51. Arrest are made based on PC. Dont have to have conviction. PC was not based on he said she said. It is based on enough evidence to prosecute, not convict them. That is left up to a jury. Example, of PC to gain arrest warrant from Judge. Intent of officials entering cell, based upon witness interviews. Deception or lies during interview. Video. Etc. etc etc. Now, when all said and done more warrants may be obtained and not only charged with OP, but assault, sex assault, false report to a police officer if officials signed a sworn statement as to event that took place and lied. The major culpable mental state that will possibly lead to more arrest or charges is INTENT. Was the cell entered in violation of policy to do bodily harm or threaten to do bodily to the offender. If intent and knowingly doing the act is there, then they committed Official Oppression. As far as the other charges, the investigation will reveal the truth. This is a case of the blind leading the blind. Don't follow someone who will cause you to break the law out of loyalty. This offender will be getting out of prison while these officials will more than likely do time, because of not having self restraint when being in a position of authority.

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    1. The fact that the case didn't even make it to the indictment phase should attest to the credibility of the PC affadavit.

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    2. The indictment phase can take months, if not years sometimes on felony cases.

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  52. That pole smoker and allyou hug a thugs are retarded. I know them officers and thy didn't do that. Shut your cock holsters and if you dont
    work in a real prison than keep your mouth shut.

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    2. Folks take note of the fine paragraph above, see the wonderful use of vocabulary, the absolutely perfect grammar and spelling, this is the sort of fine individual known for working in tyler county prisons, is it any wonder we have these sorts of barbarous shenanigans occurring?
      dear anonymous poster starting off with pole smoker, you sound like an idot, let me guess life long tyler county resident? do us a favor and read a fucking book.

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    3. TDCJ take note.....the original poster is an example of why we need stricter guidelines when scouting recruits for Correctional Officers. I wonder if there is a drug test to detect is someone has been smoking a pole?

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  53. Of course the officer's are not going to contact you all. They are not going to give people the opportunity to take and twist this mess worse than what it already is. Besides you should be able to go to your source it seems as if they know everything anyway. All questions should be directed to TDCJ.

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    1. We have asked and published the information as given. We have not been given the officer's prospective. We would love to publish their comments in a follow up story about internal investigations we are currently working on. If they wish to keep their name anonymous, we can arrange that. We have reported TDCJ's comments on this incident and would love to publish these officer's comments about the incident too.

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    2. Why you want them to contact you if its still under investigation.. why you want to play stupid

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  54. From the Desk of BoBoTheBeaten:

    My wiener is about the size of a night stick so I guess I’d be a primary suspect?

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  55. The rumor mill will judge these officers if they do not come forward. If OIG are the bad guys, the backgate I'm sure would be willing to publish the story if these officers come forward. If they don't tell their story, their prospective will be lost and they might as well admit some sort of guilt. An act of NO CONTEST is the same as guilt under the law.

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      If I were them I would follow the advice of my attorney. The last thing they should do is make comments on a blog about their guilt or innocense. Anything they say at this point would probably go bad for them regardless of what they did that night. Don't come to any conclusions just because they chose not to speak with The Backgate.

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    3. They can make a statement through their attorney. Statements are made to the media all the time claiming innocence in a case. None of these employees or attorneys representing them have made their side known.

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  56. What about the other 3? Have they got to return back to work?

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  57. These people don't realize the charges that they still may face. They were arrested for Official Oppression- Class A misdmeanor. However, they can still be arrested by warrants again if the facts support a probable cause affidavit for: Felony 1 - aggravated sexual assault. Ag Assault-Obstruction/retaliation F3, just to name a few. They will be lucky if OIG is the only investigators involved in the case. I am surprised that FBI and Texas Rangers not involved since this offender was in their custody when the alleged act occurred. They may have been good officers once upon a time. But, if investigation proves otherwise, then they are no different than the POS wearing white. Even if the offender did in fact threaten bodily harm to an employee or family member, it was not an imminent threat. You can not retaliate, threaten bodily harm, assault or sexually assault anyone with an object and expect any one to give u a pass simply because u wear a uniform. They will pay the consequences for their actions through the justice system. Just saying.

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  58. The following charges may be added to the Official Oppression charge and more warrants may be issued for all parties involved in the alleged sexual assault of the offender:.

    Agg Sexual Assault by Public Servant/ Agg Assault in retaliation/ Agg Assault w/deadly weapon (riot baton)
    Agg Sexual Assault w/ Deadly weapon = Felony 1 offense= 5 to 99 years each

    Agg Assault = Felony 2 = 2 to 20 years

    Obstruction/Retaliation= Felony 3= 2 to 10 years

    Not to mention $10,000 dollar fine for each offense.

    Also other misdemeanor charges such as False Report to Police Officer. Don't Lie to the police in a sworn report ! OIG is the police.

    I feel sorry for the CO's who blindly followed these supervisors and engaged in these acts. Don't say he is a good supervisor and got your back. Be thankful you were not on duty with him/her when these alleged offenses occurred. Believe me, the FBI will now get involved since an incarcerated "in custody" felon was the victim of a Civil rights violation and possibly Aggravated sexual assault by public servants

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  59. I knew some of those people and a few would have your back no matter what but like u said its a same these supervisors put more then their self's on the line they put every co's family's life that was involved on the line that one guy is 22 he has his whole life ahead of him but now its on the line facing prison time not to mention the other co's their families and loved ones this is why the public see us as trash. DPS just got a 20% raise and guess where TDCJ employees raise just went straight down the shitter

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  60. If oig had enough evidence why did one judge turn down the warrants and oig have to go to a second newly elected judge to get a signature

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    1. If people are going to make accusations against OIG or the judge who signed the warrants, they need to come forward and present their story. Making anonymous comments is not the way to convince people there was a great malfeasance of justice. The Backgate has offered to publish a story from these officers prospective.

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  61. The magistrate before whom an officer applies for a warrant must be neutral and detached. In felony cases the judge must be a licensed attorney, a JP can sign a warrant for mis cases like official oppression. Now, when and if new warrants are issued for the alleged felonies, you may see another judge sign them. Just because one judge don't sign a warrant, don't assume the probable cause affidavit is invalid. As we can see it was valid and they were arrested.

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  62. Prematurely arrested, released and back at work but they might as well post signs in front of their homes that read "I'm one of the 7 Officers Arrested at the Gib Lewis Unit After Aleged Sexual Assault...INVESTIGATION PENDING."

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  63. The administration is the ones who releases officers back to work, not OIG who is independent of administration. Now these officers could have signs that read "OIG and TDCJ are screwed up!!!!!!" That's if they chose to make a public statement. OIG has made their actions public with the arrest. These officers can make their statements public if they chose to. These officers can even release a statement through their attorney stating their position. We wouldn't know the officers position, unless they make their position known.

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  64. Not prematurely arrested on Official Oppression- Class A Mis. Enough evidence to obtain a warrant- and the were arrested by a warrant for the charges of official oppression. They have not been arrested YET for the alleged offense of assault - ag sex assault- or any other criminal activity that they may have engaged in during the aame criminal episode of official oppression. When or if the investigation reveals enough facts for a prudent person that they did commit sexual assault or agg assault or sexual assault then they will present an affidavit to a judge who will sign a warrant for their arrest on those charges. So, no arrest has been made for sex assault or other felonies yet. So don't use your opinion of they have been prematurely arrested on the charges of sex assault yet. They have'nt; only the one charhe of official oppression. Read the law, you will better understnd due process.

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  65. The most severe punishment should be handed out to the LT. Involved if found guilty of any of the offenses committed because "he had his bosses back".He takes care of his bosses! He is a good guy and would'nt lead these bosses into engaging in illegal activity ! He makes offenders mind ! What a piece of work this supervisor must be to allow his subordinates and himself to engage, and conduct themselves in this manner. Be glad you are not one of his subordinates or you may have been with him during this event that took place. I wonder if the young 22 year old regrets the day "he signed up for this" since now he may be facing life in prison if the felony charges goes through, indictments issued by a grand jury, and convicted of sexual assault of a convicted felon who was in their custody, care, and control. Not to mention since 3 or more suspects involved, if investigations reveal that they discussed the alleged criminal activity and the actions that they planned to do when entering the cell and committing official oppression and maybe assault or sexual assault, they can also be charged with Organized Criminal Activity and receive even harsher penalties. They opened themselves up to lots of criminal charges if they conspired to do any of these offenses and illegal acts before the actual act took place.

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  66. Since you want to go there with the sarcasm, If you are gunning for the LT then do that without all the extra. but better luck next time because the inmate was not sexually assaulted and there was no organized crime! The LT is guilty of two things, 1. Standing up for a co-worker who was severely disturbed emotionally after her life and the life of her family was threatened with rape and murder by a criminal who was about to be released in a few months. 2. NOT beating the hell of of the young punk who thought this was ok. Looks like there's still a little room for justice to be served here!

    As far as them opening themselves up to "lots of criminal charges IF" get off the gas. LT- you sound like a guy who makes a difference in more good ways than bad. It takes a special kind of person to do what you do on a daily basis. With that being said, you know exactly why certain people don't care for you and it has nothing to do with your performance or leadership!!! Fix it!

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  67. For the record, The Backgate will NOT be asking the officers to comment publicly. The investigation is current, and ongoing, and therefore no public comments from them should be made. Of course, if any new developments are made public by the OIG or the agency The Backgate will gladly publish them.

    We here at The Backgate do appreciate each and every one of you who have posted, and made your opinions known. We hope you continue to voice your opinions here.

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      For whatever reason you came to this new decision - good job.

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  68. No one is guilty until proven guilty by a judge or jury. However, there was enough evidence to arrest for Official Oppression. What next, the investigations will reveal the truth of exactly what took place. Lets just hope the truth and nothing but the truth comes out so the officers can move on with their lives. Surely, they all had common sense enough not to engage in any criminal activity, such as assault or sex assault or even Official Oppression. Seek the truth is what I hope the investigators do, that's all. If they broke the law, then at least the truth came out. If they did not, then that will come out too.

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  69. Standing up for an employee is his duty especially in cases of threat when a person is severely distraught over a threat of such nature. However, it appears that according to the facts of this case the convict (prisoner) was locked in a cell. There was a barrier between him and the guard. There is a barrier between the guards family and the convict (bars and fence). Fact- this is not IMMINENT according to the legal definition that determines the level of threats. Yes, the convict made a threat like this and upset the guard to the point her LT and her co-workers intervened. How they did it is why they have been arrested. Lack of professionalism on behalf of all parties and poor judgment caused an act of illegality to occur. These types of threats occur many times in a penal institution as does in the back of a patrol car. Many times on the way to jail by a prisoner in custody, they will threaten a police officer and his family. Then the police officer files Retaliation charges on the individual (3rd degree felony). Why wasn't policy followed in the matter? Why wasn't the convict charged with the threat using the process available in the prison, disciplinary and or OIG on behalf of the guard. Instead the LT who you admire covered it up and failed to document the act by the convict and actions taken by the staff. Not very intelligent decision on his part. He is a leader, alright, he led all involved into being charged with official oppression. In cases of non-imminent threats, the pen is the tool to use and charge the convict for the threat. Not jeopardize your career or face criminal charges for taking matters into your own hands to deal with the threat. Justice should be used here. The young punk should suffer the consequences of his actions through the justice system in place in a penal institution and criminal charges should have been pursued through the disciplinary process and OIG). However, it was not used. The LT chose not to use the process available. He took matters into his own hands and this subordinates and then attempted to cover it up, That is not good leadership skills. That is Knowingly and Intentionally disregarding policy and procedures in place to deal with such matters. It's past FIXING. And he will be held to a higher accountability than his subordinates. Now, his subordinates may be facing up to One Year in jail just for Official Oppression if found guilty of their arrest charge. Not to mention, lengthy prison terms if during the course of investigation they are charged with felonies on the other allegations. I am not gunning for the LT. He made a poor decision that he cannot go back and fix. All he and the others need to do now is stick with the truth of what took place and cooperate with the investigation. Hopefully, justice will prevail. OIG investigators are seeking the truth. During the fact finding mission it will be determined if other charges are pursued through (witness statements, medical records, injury reports by medical staff, official's statements, video surveillance). Also the culpable mental state of the officials at the time of the offense will be determined (Intentionally, Knowingly, Recklessly, Negligently). The mental states will factor the level of charges pursued.

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  70. This matter would have best been handled administratively. It's hard to hold these officers accountable when there is no hiring, training, or promotion standards. The agency is guilty for not hiring and training professionals. DPS does not recruit their officers from the welfare line, therefore you don't have welfare standards. If OIG thinks they are in the law enforcement business, they should have issued an arrest warrant for the West Point Graduate TDCJ Chairman of the Board after he attempted to get his sister-in-law appointed to the board. You can't hold these officers accountable when the agency's top leader breaks the law and nothing is done.

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  71. No think, Fact. They are peace officers according to CCP Texas Code of Criminal Procedure - Article 2.12. Who Are Peace Officers
    30) officers appointed by the inspector general of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice under Section 493.019, Government Code;
    here is there contact information if you would like to address that issue or question to them. I do not have any knowledge of the incident that you are referring to.
    Contact Information

    Office of the Inspector General
    P.O. Box 13084, Capitol Station
    Austin, TX 78711
    Telephone: (512) 671-2480
    Fax: (512) 671-2129
    E-Mail: oig@tdcj.state.tx.us

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  72. I understand OIG are peace officers, but the root of TDCJ's problems are in who they hire. Half these officers have no ideal what the laws are and are extremely ignorant. I know ignorance of the law is no excuse, but neither is hiring or promoting ignorant people. This agency is in serious trouble, but arresting the poorly trained staff is not the solution for the agency's own lack of accountability. Accountability starts by implementing real standards.

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    1. I can agree with that view. Lack of hiring standards not only as a correctional officer is a problem, but you ought to see what type of staff are being hired into the departments such as food service and laundry today, Most are hired from the street with no security background. Hire one as a Laundry Manager and after six weeks in Academy expect that person to be capable of supervising a crew of around 75 to 100 offenders who take advantage of their lack of experience. To supervise offenders in a department, one should have at the minimum of one year experience as a correctional officer. Correctional Officers too are being recruited, placed in an academy for six weeks, then turned over to shift for two weeks of OJT, then turned lose on the blocks. There is no incentive to promote because of the lack of pay to put up with the politics and BS that goes along with the title and responsibility, therefore Wardens have to reach down into the bottom of the barrel sometimes and promote the ones who have no sense of moral fiber or intelligence to make common sense decisions. I feel that if these ones involved in the alleged offense had any guidance from upper administration, this incident may not have happened. But, it did, and now TDCJ will react instead of being proactive and increase the hiring standards as other agencies have done like DPS and Parks and Wildlife. It is not going to get any better, too large of an agency. It has become over the past 15 years a dog eat dog environment among TDCJ staff. Not making excuses for bad decisions of employees in doing things unethical and illegal, but when you have Administration who will write bosses up for minor infractions and let offenders walk on violations, this has an impact upon the performance and decisions of staff. Nothing gonna be done about this offender threatening me if I report it, so they take the matter into their own hands. Wonder if this had any impact upon the decision of the supervisors in this case. IDK, lots of what ifs. Just, wish eventually TDCJ employees will have a sense of well thought of recognition by the public instead of being portrayed as the villain like on TV prison shows. More bad publicity than good. Why, because in the early 80's it was a hush hush environment when officers were attacked on a daily basis by offenders and it never reached the outside world. That's why we never got pay raises, that's why we were viewed as just a prison guard, babysitting convicts. TDCJ kept things quiet and would never let the public know about the violent environment that TDCJ employees have to endure daily. Instead, now all we hear about is the corruption among TDCJ officials in the news.. Another prison guard arrested, yada, yada, yada. So, we are stereotyped by the public to be the bad guys. TDCJ employees as a whole group have lost respect from Law Enforcement officers over the past 15 years. We used to be respected among them and part of a team. Now, with the hiring standards if you can count to ten and write your name, that's about all you get when one is hired on and sent to the academy. No sense of pride about wearing the uniform anymore.

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    2. Then, why get a job w/ TDCJ? Why stay? Why become a part of a corrupt system? Once you join this system you become a part of a dysfunctional. often evil machine that respects no-one: not employees; not the public to which they feed BS; not the inmates who deserve to be treated humanely. They respect only each others and their interest oiled by money. Staff gets breadcrumbs.
      Leave; go to school; get training as a plumber or an electrician; get the heck out of East, South, West rural Texas. Get a job on a ship, go to Montana...... you stay and you end up being a lifer, a disappointed, grudge, mean, human being, or a corrupt CO who is bitter and spiritually bankrupt.

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  73. I am an inmates mother, and while a lot of the guards are ok, the ones that are bad are really bad. They lie, cheat, steal, bully and harass inmates into defending themselves. My son is at Connally Unit, which I think has more than it's share of bad guards. My son has had so many unwarranted cell searches, with his property being trashed for no reason, (tearing up family photos and letters from deceased family members). All of these infractions are kept from the Wardens by lower rank, mostly because someone overstepped their authority We all thought the cameras would stop this but they are slick enough to turn them off and say the batteries were dead. If you would just take 10 minutes to listen to some of the inmates, you would know that they are not liars and these things really happen. I know and understand that some guards get attacked, but it's probably because some other guard has harassed the inmate into an uncontrollable rage. You reap what you sow

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      Unwarranted cell searches? It's not your son's house. All cell searches should be deemed reasonable. It's a prison. And since you can justify a "guard" being attached, clearly your son didn't have a proper upbrining. You failed miserably as a mother! Yup, you reaped what what you bred. Now go visit his daddy who is probably at some other unit too.

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  74. Get the facts about correctional and police officers. See what their favorite hobby is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tribute-to-survivors-of-child-sexual-assault-by-law-enforcement-officers/180584842010594

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  75. This is all a bunch of BS and blown completely out of portion.....innocent until proven guilty apparently does not register in most of yalls ignorant minds.....grow up

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  76. Your son reaped what he sowed just like all the other convicts wearing white. They were proven guilty by a court of law and now he and they are locked up away from society. The officers are there to maintain custody and control of convicts like your son. I am not defending any inhumane treatment by any officer. If the alleged offense took place then certainly the ones involved need to face the consequences. The officials are there to ensure they enforce the rules on a bunch of criminals that don't want to follow them. They are to be commended for protecting the public from your son and the other convicted felons. Yes, there are a few bad apples in every barrel, but do not label the whole barrel as rotten. TDCJ officers are the first line of defense between men, women, and innocent children from the predators and other convicted felons in these prisons and I thank them for their service.

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  77. Take it easy on the mother. All of us have one. Fortunately, mine was a Christian mother who raised us with moral values and we had a Daddy in the home, who taught us right from wrong. According to research, the majority of felons locked up came from, a fatherless home. The fathers never had a relationship with their families or were also of the criminal element and locked away in some prison. So, maybe her son is following in the criminal pattern as the baby Daddy. All of you who want to say the Guards are bad, are listening to some family member, CONVICT, who lied to you most of his life. Look back at those times that they lied before you start believing them now. Your baby and the baby Daddy ant no saint. Think about that.

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    1. The majority of guards are rotten.

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  78. WHO YO DADDY? SEE WHAT HAD HAPPEN WAS, THE LADY GUARD SHE BE TELLING MY HOMIE THAT HE WAS SOMETHING THAT FLOATS IN A COMMODE, SO HE SAID HE GONNA BE OUT SOON AND HE DO SOME BAD THING TO HER. THENS SHE TELLS THE COYOTEES AND THE HEAD WOLF OF DA PACK AND THEY GIVES HIM A LASHING. THENS ONES OF THEM GRAYS THEY POKE MY HOMIE IN THE BACK EYE WIDS A NIGHT STICK AND SQUEEZED HIS BAGGAGE. THENS THEY LEFT THE CELL AND THOUGHTS IT ALL OVER WID. BUT MY HOMIE WENTS TO THE NURSE AND SHE DONE SAW THE SWELLED SACK AND REPORTED WHATS MY HOMIE DONE SAIDS TO HER. THENS THE WARDEN HE LOOKS AT THE VIDEO AND SEENS THEM GOES IN THAT CELL AND NO REPOT MADES SO THE TDC POLICE TALKS TO THE GRAY AND THEYS HAVE CONFLICTING STORYS SO THATS WHATS GOT THEM ! NOW, MY HOMIE GONNA WINS THIS CASE OF THE BOO-TAY BANDITS.

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  79. Penal Code Sec. 39.03. OFFICIAL OPPRESSION. (a) A public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he:

    (1) intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful;

    (2) intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful; or

    (3) intentionally subjects another to sexual harassment.

    (b) For purposes of this section, a public servant acts under color of his office or employment if he acts or purports to act in an official capacity or takes advantage of such actual or purported capacity.

    (c) In this section, "sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, submission to which is made a term or condition of a person's exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, either explicitly or implicitly.

    (d) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor

    ( This was the arrest charge). If policy would have been followed, no one would have been arrested. This arrest has set a precident to future undocumented uses of force in the Texas Prisons. Now, even when a supervisor tells you not to report any acts against an offender or of the Use Of Force Continuum, an officer better report what took place to a higher ranking authority to be sure. You will see many supervisors hesitate to use any force to control violate behavior in fear of being arrested, which hesitation could result in injury or death to an employee or another offender. CYA-document-document-document any action that you take when force is used, or when certain things are denied an offender. Denying offenders any privileges or rights guaranteed them by TDCJ policy in accordance of the law without due process (Disciplinary Process) will subject you to being charged now with Class A Misdemeanor- Official Oppression. Walk Straight- and Follow Policy. Make sure you review the penal code charge. OIG will be using this charge more often and that is the reality of it all. We can agree or dis-agree but it does not change anything. If acts fit into the elements of Official Oppression then you are subject to arrest.

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  80. I DID NOT label the whole bunch rotten, reread my post I said"While a lot of the guards are ok, Connally has more than it's share." Furthermore, I am a Christian woman, my son had a very loving strict father in the home.Unfortunately, we are not responsible for our kids actions once they are grown and out on their own. Come on, tearing up the only memories of family by tearing up pixs and destroying letters is unexcusable. He did the crime and wants to serve his time in peace. There was no reason for a cell search, he is the most compliant inmate at Connally. It was harassment. My point is, if the guards would leave the inmates alone, they would have a much easier job. He is tormented everyday for no reason, I'm just saying. I am not a bad mother, I was there for my kids, he was with the wrong crowd using drugs.

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      You said that your son is the most compliant inmate at Connally. Do you know that because your son told you that? If your son would not commit crimes against the dignity and peace of society his life would be easier. I bet every other mother of those kids in that crowd said the same thing about all the other sons. Face it - you might not be a bad mom, but your son is a bum.

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    2. The ones in gray will soon be wearing white and we might also see some of their mama's comments about how good they really are and just made a bad choice. No one is exempt from the law and every inmate has his own story just like these guards. Sad that they will be on the side of the fence and they will blend in with the rest of the POS.

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    3. Mother, you just fell into the lion's den. These cowards will not hear you, understand you, empathize w/ you, admit to their faults. They are spiritually corrupt. I'll pray for your son.

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  81. With all due respect mam, you should be aware that offenders are subject to search at ANY TIME, including their living quarters. Not too mention policy requires that all housing and offenders are searched periodically, and on a regular basis. Cell searches, and searches of their person, is one technique that's proven effective at finding contraband and weapons, and it protects both the staff and offenders. So, forgive us if we don't show much compassion for your son being searched. Offenders being searched is a REGULAR and routine part of being in prison. In fact, STAFF are SEARCHED each and EVERY DAY they go to work. So, get over your son being searched. It's gonna happen, and regularly.

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  82. tor•ment
    Show Spelled [v. tawr-ment, tawr-ment; n. tawr-ment] Show IPA
    verb (used with object)
    1. to afflict with great bodily or mental suffering; pain: to be tormented with violent headaches.
    2. to worry or annoy excessively: to torment one with questions.
    3. to throw into commotion; stir up; disturb.
    noun
    4. a state of great bodily or mental suffering; agony; misery.
    5. something that causes great bodily or mental pain or suffering.
    6. a source of much trouble, worry, or annoyance.
    7. an instrument of torture, as the rack or the thumbscrew.
    8. the infliction of torture by means of such an instrument or the torture so inflicted.

    Mam, it is not the TDCJ Officer job to "JUST LEAVE the INMATES ALONE" It is their job to maintain "CUSTODY AND CONTROL" of inmates including your son who is an incarcerated felon. These felons are to be protected from society by these officers. To protect society from your son, it is their duty to ensure a safe and secure environment, including cell searches, body searches, and property searches to reduce the contraband including dangerous contraband inside the prison that felons may possess. If you define them doing their job as torture then you have no clue what these officers have to deal with on a constant basis. Offenders are not locked up for being saints, they are felons who could not make it in society and follow the rules or norms of society, that's why they are locked away. The general public expects officers to do their job and make convicts like your son "MIND" , (follow the rules and regulations). Therefore if convicts do something against the rules, it is the officer's job to let them know that verbally and by writing them up when necessary to gain compliance. Compliance of your son and other locked up criminals is a requirement to operate a safe and secure prison and protect the public. Compliance will be gained following policy either thru verbal instructions, written offense reports, or by physical force when necessary. That's the fact of the matter. If your son wants to be left "ALONE", then he needs to stay out of the penitentiary! Torment???? Before you use the word TORMENT- think about the torment that families are going thru that some of the predators that are locked up violated, or the little children molested, or the store clerk who got bashed in the head for a bottle of wine, and all the real victims ( victims of these convicted felons). These officer are to be commended for doing their job. Keep up the good work !!!!

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  83. Mom, actually it was the other way around; the crowd was with your son doing drugs. You can't keep blaming other folks for your son's lack of common sense. He chose to use drugs. He was not made to use them. You want to blame others for the situation that he placed himself in, being a dope head which resulted in being in "THE PEN". He reaped what he sowed. And you want to blame Officers for inmates violent behavior. He must have got that attitude from his upbringing too, because you seem to have no respect for people in authority, like these public servants inside the prison where your felon son is at.

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  84. I see lots of comments from hug-a-thugs expressing sympathy for the poor offender. What has come of our society? I don't like offenders, or their families or friends. True, it is not our job to abuse offenders. Neither is it our job to be abused or undermined by offenders. If the staff involved did not follow policy, then so be it. But society generally is ignorant to the fact that convicts earn their way into prison, and they continue their antisocial or borderline behavior behind bars.

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    1. Okay....What about the mentally ill who committed a crime due to their mental illness and lack of access to medical treatment that would have prevented the crime in the first place. How many mentally ill inmates are doing time, not getting treatment for their disorder, and being abused by other inmates as well as officers who do not have the proper training in handling inmates with extreme disorders?? I understand throwing "thugs" in prison, violent offenders as well, but why are non violent criminals mixed in the same prisons and for icing on the cake throw in the nuts? There is no order in justice like this. The punishment should fit the crime. No one would be expressing sympathy if this were true.

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    2. You state: "But society generally is ignorant to the fact that convicts earn their way into prison, and they continue their antisocial or borderline behavior behind bars." Gee whiz! We got one who understand mental illness! The DSMV (heard of it?) has more than 100 mental health disorders listed.
      The prison population presents with many true disorders on AXIS -I(the severe ones), not only the ones listed on AXIS II (personality dis) that you cite.
      Don't try to have a discussion about mental illness when it is obvious you know NOTHING at all.
      That mother does know! She has had to deal with it.
      Mental illness is NOT caused by bad mothers. This is IGNORANT thinking. Environmental factors can and do contribute to psychopathology, but they are not the only factors. Mental illness is no different than cancer. You can't blame the mother of a cancer patient.
      God! The ignorance on this site is appalling.
      There is nothing wrong with being ignorant. What is wrong is NOT TO KNOW that you are ignorant and believe that you know it all.
      Well, you don't, sorry.
      Please, get some continuing education classes, improve yourself. Then, come back and discuss mental illness.
      (From a retired TDCJ social worker who has seen too much!)

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  85. I gots a son down nare ons the stiles and he says dem guards be hating on the people in nare. My boy aints no thug but I doos hugs on hime, he my boy. Alls he dids to be locked up is borrow some ole scrap out a mans paster and sells it, he was gonna pays fo it whens he gots his money. he aints no thug. They guards be riling him up lots in nare. Hopes they pays fer thare crimes to. The gurds be meen.

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  86. So why is only identifying the white officers important? Reverse racism that's why.

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  87. Dont run your chops unless youve been inside TDCJ. 99% of offenders are manipulators, extortionists, thug minded, game runners, do not need air conditioners as this will allow them to see it as getting over on the system, and its more important to allow Officers a pay raise. Go to prison and do time. Then post a comment. Until then stfu. Inmates act like animals. Good job allowing hogs to have ac. Hogs deserve it. Not inmates. Stop reproducing degenetates that place burdens on societyn. GTR. 637784.

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  88. Did time on Ferguson, Telford, Allred, Robertson, Tulia and Neal between 1992-1998 for watching a crime. Out 15 years. Learned ima millionaire heir and was defrauded and kept from me. I know TDCJ well. Fixing to go to Federal Court to file civil on my own family for theft fraud and tax evasion. 10 years talking to FBI and IRS-CID. I know now why crime doesnt pay. The importance of being civil minded etc. Some run their mouth due to having no clue of what prison is like. Offenders need to have it hard. Period. Its prison and not daycare. GTR 637784.

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      Mr. Defrauded Millionaire - take your medicine. Delusion is over coming your mind.

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  89. Hey right i n I did time at neal its ran like bill clements

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  90. This offender was in a maximum security facility, and in a special building that houses violent, aggressive, and non-compliant offenders that has no respect for themselves or anyone, more especially officers in authority. He did violently threaten to sexually assault the female officer and her family when he would be released shortly from prison. The female officer was distraught and informed her co-workers and supervisors. They entered the cell because of the threats made to search the offender and his cell for weapons because of the nature of the offense that the offender committed toward the officer.
    They then left the cell. An assault of the offender never occurred. He only stated that it did.
    The only violation of the officers involved was an administrative violation for not documenting the entry.
    OIG was informed and statements were taken. Because of the statements of the offender, officer statements, OIG pursued charges of Official Oppression, a misdemeanor charge on the officers. The officers were then arrested for the misdemeanor. However, Official Oppression will not be proved in a court of law because this was a one time event of dealing with a specific offender in violation of policy, The officers should never have been arrested. OIG never cooperated with the Director of TDCJ, they acted abruptly without reviewing the totality of the circumstances during the incident. If anything at all, the officers only committed a violation of TDCJ policy of documentation, not a criminal violation. The truth will come out and all the haters who wanted these officials should get back on here and make an apology. They will not because they have no respect for what is right.

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  91. I thank it bad how thing can happen.but it all in god hand because there is co and bad co just like there is good inmate and bad inmate .but no matter what we are all god children and he love us.

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  92. I worked forth I unit back in 2009 and its extremely prejudice.Some officers slide doors and beat certain offenders. I am glad that I no longer work for this agency.

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  93. People are allowed a government job when they could easily be locked up right along with the inmates. Lol #ThisCrazyWorldWeLiveIn

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  94. When I worked at Gib Lewis Major Helm was the one who walked me off knowing that he dislikes my race. I was falsely accused, jailed, and later released, but never want to work for this type of agency ever again. 401K or not, those inmates are people, too, not animals! They get treated like animals. Imagine a tray of food with knats flying all around it. Imagine showering with whomever and knowing others used it, and never cleaned it once they got out. Ijs if you were the inmate who else can stand up for your rights as a human. No matter what a person has done. We should not be allowed to judge a persons time here on earth. I would go insane locked away. I do know that I couldn't last a day in county jail.

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    1. U inmate lovin piece of shit u should be locked up with them u got walked off for being a piece of shit...probaly fucking a thug...ur a loser

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    2. You are a sick bastard. You proved that some COs are sick. Thanks for your posts so everybody can see how some wearing the gray are the worst of the worst.

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  95. It was probably a fuckin nigger inmate piece of shit probaby raped a little kid and the state is babying his nigger ass should just shoot his black ass

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    1. This is the type of attitude that perpetuates ignorance. This is the attitude the MAJORITY of Caucasian system EMPLOYEES have. Hopeless and volitile situation. I say Employee because "guard" is something a person of such caliber as "AnonymousMay 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM
      It was probably a fuckin nigger inmate piece of shit probaby raped a little kid and the state is babying his nigger ass should just shoot his black ass" couldn't possibly accomplish. With that type of disgust hate disdain snd utter ignorance why do you continue to be employed at such a place where the inhabitants are so loathsome? A mentally sound person would do what it takes to remove himself from the environment.

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    2. I agree. This attitude COMES FROM ignorance.... but it does not stop there. It becomes EVIL incarnate that will not remove itself from the environment because he thrives in it. Let's thank him for showing everybody what kind of worthless thug he is. Coward also, hiding behind a uniform that he should honor and respect. He has no respect for himself, his fellow officers, or humanity. I feel sorry for his family.

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  96. Such hate is no different from the hate some inmates have. People should realize that one bad decision is the only difference between a defendant and non- defendant, inmate and free world person, etc. Everyone should quit talking shit about others and just self-reflect and make better decisions in life. Tell me how inmates get phones, cash, drugs, etc. Into the prisons...guards! So let's quit talking shit and realize that there are bad people everywhere...inmates and guards included. So everyone should do their jobs right and be a good person and people won't try and ruin your day, ruin you're career, or ruin your face. TDCJ needs to pay more to guards and up their standards so ignorent wack jobs don't get hired and ruin inmates time in TDCJ and use our tax dollars to cover their bad professional decisions. Those wack jobs need to remember just because you are in grey does not mean you shouldn't be wearing white.

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  97. When people ask me what I do for a living I tell them im in waste management

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  98. Typical TDCJ.....work even harder against it's own whether right or wrong!

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    1. Here comes the pity-me party.

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  99. Why don't they do that here where I work

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