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Inmates sue Mass prison, alleging unprovoked beatings by guards


The lawsuit alleges that black and Latino prisoners were targeted for “particularly brutal and degrading treatment”.

A view of the cell blocks at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster. David L. Ryan / Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) – Several current and former colored inmates of a Massachusetts maximum security prison have filed a federal complaint alleging they were subjected to severe beatings by guards in retaliation for an earlier assault on a police officer. correction by prisoners.

The lawsuit filed Monday by the nonprofit inmate rights group Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, alleges that about 100 prisoners at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center were beaten, but that black and Latino prisoners were the target of “particularly brutal and degrading treatment”.

The guards used “extreme, malicious and cruel methods of force designed not to restore order, but to inflict pain, fear and trauma,” according to the lawsuit.

Prisoners of color were the subject of racist comments and slurs when officers assaulted them, and some officers displayed white supremacist logos on their helmets, according to the lawsuit.

The violence was in retaliation for a January 2020 attack on a guard by around 20 inmates, according to the prosecution.

“This lawsuit aims to deliver necessary and overdue justice to the many people who have been subjected to extreme and unlawful use of force by state officials and agents responsible for their care,” said the director. group executive, Elizabeth Matos.

A spokesperson for the State Department of Correction said the agency is not commenting on the pending prosecutions.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and asks the court to order a stop to the excessive use of force against the prisoners.


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