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Guard ripped his own tendon in 'extraction' not caught on tape
The camera didn't work when most-needed.Sergeants at the Valley Street Jail told a corrections officer to use a handheld camera to film what they termed the "extraction" of Ornelas from his cell.
Video from stationary cameras shows Slack filming Ornelas with the handheld camera as he is brought to and from showers. Slack told investigators he knew how to operate a different camera, but not the camera used for the Ornelas extraction.
A jail corrections officer hurt his hand during the Ornelas takedown.Ornelas had banged his head on the cell door, urinated in the cell and clogged the toilet, according to the investigation. He refused to calm down, and blasts of pepper spray proved ineffective.
"He went after Officer (Quinniford) Robinson, and missed, and then he turned around and he came off the top - well, came off the bunk," Corrections Officer Todd Gordon told investigators. "That's when I gra - I like caught him in midair. Brought him to the ground standing, and then brought him down to the ground."
Corrections officers eventually restrained Ornelas' feet and hands and dragged him to the showers to clean off the pepper spray.
"I was just surprised that when he came in and he said that his neck was hurting, I was surprised there wasn't no bracing on his neck," Corrections Officer Abellard Jolly said during his interview.
He pointed out, and the investigation confirmed, that an Elliot Hospital CT scan only went as far as the C2 vertebra. The injury was at the C4 vertebra, which was not captured by the CT scan.
"He (Robinson) is not one of the 'Oh, I'm a big tough guy,'" said Corrections Officer Ryan Ladd. "I think he's 50, almost 50 years old."
Camera man no longer works at jail.
Although he couldn't work the camera, Slack gave investigators vivid details about the extraction. Slack had never seen an inmate take as much pepper spray as Ornelas, he told investigators.
"Like his eyes were swollen shut, and then there was a lot of blood. I think that's what (happened), like, possibly when he fell and when they took him down. It reopened up the hospital injuries," Slack said.
Deputy Jail Security Chief Brian Martineau said his internal investigation determined Slack was alone in the cell for a minute, then joined by Robinson. Martineau told investigators he didn't believe the two harmed Ornelas, citing their body language.
Ornelas deteriorated after being strapped down.When strapped into the restraining chair, Ornelas' behavior was initially ranked 4 - imminently violent. He was temporarily hooded to prevent spitting.
Two hours after being strapped down, he was ranked as 1 - acceptable behavior - and he agreed to be searched. He remained in the chair for an hour, which jail officials said is standard procedure.
"I remember his head on his chest. A couple times ... he was grunting answers, he was moving his head but not like completely lifting it up," said Lt. Bonnie Ives.
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