NJ county jail video shows scuffle before death

Surveillance video shows up to a dozen COs restraining a Monmouth County Jail inmate who died within hours of the altercation in 2010


Asbury Park Press

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — A surveillance video released Friday shows up to a dozen guards restraining a Monmouth County Jail inmate who died within hours of the altercation in 2010.

The Asbury Park Press obtained a copy of the footage, which was captured by five different security cameras within the Freehold correctional facility, from the U.S. District Court in Trenton, where county officials had sought to keep it under seal.

The video is a part of a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by the father of the inmate, Amit Bornstein. Authorities who investigated his death say jail guards acted within reason. But Bornstein's father and lawyer claim in the lawsuit that the 22-year-old aspiring professional poker player from Marlboro was "battered" by corrections officers and that Bornstein "sustained bodily harm resulting in his death."

The county said in court papers that its officers are not liable for the death.

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