US judge hears claims that NC inmates beaten - WNCT

US judge hears claims that NC inmates beaten

RALEIGH, N.C. -

(AP) - A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments about dismissing a lawsuit by inmates at North Carolina's maximum security prison who claim they suffered broken bones and wheelchair confinement after sadistic beatings.

The judge on Thursday will look into the lawsuit on behalf of 8 inmates at Central Prison in Raleigh. They accuse correctional officers of taking handcuffed and shackled inmates from the solitary confinement cells where they were placed for disciplinary reasons to blind spots out of view of security cameras, then severely beating them.

Two former top prison officials are accused in the lawsuit of failing in their duties for not developing policies on investigating inmate abuse complaints and preserving video tapes that might contain evidence from being erased.

State attorneys say there's no merit to the allegations.

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