NM jail workers on leave after using tear gas, TASER to subdue inmate

Several jail employees, including four supervisors, have been put on paid leave while Bernalillo County authorities investigate the use of tear gas and a Taser to restrain an inmate


Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Several jail employees, including four supervisors, have been put on paid leave while Bernalillo County authorities investigate the use of tear gas and a Taser to restrain an inmate.

The Albuquerque Journal reports surveillance video released by the county Friday shows corrections officers tackling 33-year-old Amanda Chavez inside the Metropolitan Detention Center earlier this week.

A group of jail guards restrain an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center on Monday in an incident that is now being investigated.
A group of jail guards restrain an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center on Monday in an incident that is now being investigated. (Photo Metropolitan Detention Center recording)

In the video of the Monday incident, two guards tackle Chavez after searching her cell and repeatedly knee her in the sides.

She is then sprayed in the face with tear gas and stunned with a Taser.

It is not clear what prompted the tackle.

Chavez is escorted out of the cellblock after five minutes.

Jail officers reported the incident to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, which has launched the investigation.

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