I have a friend who is a corrections officer in upstate New York at a medium security prison. He tells me that when it comes time to using force against an inmate, standard protocol is to have at least 4-5 guards present, any less and the potential for serious injury is very real.
Most folks don’t realize just how difficult it is to physically take down someone who doesn’t want to comply. In the video above, you see an 18-year-old psych ward inmate at the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix, Arizona, illustrate this point.
The inmate refused to leave a room that he was not authorized to be in. When he was confronted by the first two guards, he started swinging. It took roughly 12 men to bring down the inmate, but in the process three of them were injured. And one was hospitalized with broken bones in the face and brain bleeding.