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Report: Officers Abused Sept. 11 Detainees

Federal prison officers in Brooklyn physically and verbally abused immigrants detained after the Sept. 11 attacks, slamming them against the wall and painfully twisting their arms and hands, the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general said on Thursday. Inspector General Glenn Fine said in a 47-page report that officers also stepped on the leg-restraint chains of the detainees and punished them by keeping them restrained for long periods of time. Videotapes showed that prison staff members slammed and pressed detainees against the wall by their heads or necks. The officers denied that it ever occurred, the report said. Videotapes also confirmed that officers placed detainees against an American flag T-shirt with the phrase “These colors don’t run” on it, which was taped to the wall in the area where they first arrived, according to the report. Full Story

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