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Mother Of Three, Who Also Has Asthma, Was Savagely Tortured By Prison Officers And It Was Caught On Tape

Former inmates often talk about prison as a place in hell.

By definition, prison is a facility that is meant to confine a person while also denying them a variety of freedoms as punishment for their crimes. It is also meant to rehabilitate them so that they can return to society a better person. As a government institution, it is also meant to protect the prisoners inside of it. It is not, meant to be a facility for torture. Anyone tuning into the news today has to be aware that when it comes to the criminal justice system, women, particularly Black and Latino ones, are treated extremely unfairly. Police violence against, Black women, in particular, can be extremely alarming.

A video, which recently went viral, is an example of the startling pattern of violence against Black women by police.

Gruesome footage from an Ohio jail shows prison guards beating up a mother of three.

Chantelle Glass, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to jail after her mother called the police on her because Chantelle and her sister had a verbal dispute in 2018. Chantelle remained in prison because she had a 2016 traffic violation. That is all the Ohio police had on this woman: an argument and traffic violation.

County officials tried to prevent the video from being released because they knew full well the ramifications that this would cause.

The video, and it is scary to watch, shows the officers tying Chantelle to a chair. She is literally restrained in every capacity, which made it even easier for the guards to beat her.

In total, ten jail employees were “charged in a variety of cases investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, including five other officers charged in connection with three attacks on inmates,” Cleveland.com reports.

“She had no idea she was about to be tortured,” Subodh Chandra, Chantelle lawyer told a Fox affiliate. “She comes into the room pretty cooperatively.” She added, “They wanted to hurt her.”

Glass, who is a mother of three, suffers from asthma and says she could hardly breathe in the two hours the officers had her tied to the chair.

“That day, I thought I was going to die,” Glass said in a recent interview. “I sat in that cell I prayed to God that I wouldn’t die because I couldn’t breathe. I prayed that I wouldn’t die there.”

Now, eight months after the incident Cpl. Idris-Farid Clark and officer Robert Marsh, two of the officers involved have been indicted. Previously they were on paid leave.

On Monday, Clark was charged with second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor counts of assault. He was also charged with interfering with civil rights as well as unlawful restraint. Marsh has also been charged with assault, interfering with civil rights and unlawful restraint. All of which are misdemeanors.

In the video, officers pepper-sprayed Chantelle, dumped water on her head, and punched her in the head. See the video below, but be warned it’s hard to unsee.

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