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Horrifying Video Shows Cops Torture Man With Mace Who’s Strapped to a Chair

When pepper spray was invented, it was, in the words of one of its creators, to be “used to avoid confrontation or injury.” But in the hands of so-called law enforcement, it is increasingly being used as a device of torture, especially when the subject getting pepper sprayed is already in four-point restraints to a chair.

Increasingly, it seems, law enforcement feels it is within their rights to pepper spray individuals who are already restrained. But one victim of apparent police brutality isn’t taking the abuse sitting down. Charles Wade, a resident of Montgomery County, in Dayton Ohio, had been arrested in October 2016, on drunk driving charges.

From the video taken in the Montgomery County jail cell, it was clear Mr. Wade was disturbed. He was beating his head against a cinder block wall, then a padded wall, until officers, for his own safety, decided to place him in a restraint chair.

Wade was compliant, offering up no resistance to officers. But did warn them he’d consult with a lawyer if they attempted to cause him pain. Even after being placed in the chair, and having his hands cuffed behind his back, he made what some would have considered a legitimate claim. He said being restrained in the chair, while having his hands cuffed behind his back, amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment” the definition of torture.

Officers then attempted to remove the cuffs, freeing his hands, and allowing his arms to be strapped to the chair. It’s hard to imagine any real consensus would think it improper to restrain such a man, who had already demonstrated a propensity for self-harm. But what happens next, in the eyes of many, amounted to torture.

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Officers know all they have to do to get a suspect to react physically, is to use the handcuffs to put pressure on hand bones, and the wrists. When that happens, an inmate will likely move, giving the appearance of someone who is resisting arrest. That may have happened in Wade’s case, because as he was being released from his cuffs, officers strengthened their hold on Wade, even placing his head between his knees. Then, while holding him there, officers discharged pepper spray into his face. Immediately, Wade began asking for help and saying, “I can’t breathe.”

Maybe Americans are becoming desensitized to the act. Maybe it’s because we see unruly inmates on reality tv shows being belligerent and crude. But when inmates are tased and pepper sprayed while being in chair restraints, it’s conceivable to conclude the majority would consider it flat out torture.

Wade’s attorney agrees. Douglas Brannon, his attorney, is also the attorney for Amber Swink, who was also pepper sprayed in 2015 in the same Montgomery County jail while being fully restrained to a chair.

In that video, Sgt. Judith Sealy can be seen approaching Swink in her cell, and then deploying the orange colored pepper spray. Swink struggles for air, gasping, and writhing until it appears as though she passes out. Swink claims the event has traumatized her, creating in her a fear of the police which she did not have prior to the incident.

According to the Washington Post, which also covered the two stories of alleged torture by Montgomery County Ohio Jail personnel, pepper spray was never intended to be used as an offensive weapon on restrained individuals. “‘You cannot find any training manual that will tell you it is allowable to pepper-spray somebody who is restrained,’ said Kamran Loghman, a U.S. Naval Academy professor,” who reportedly helped invent pepper spray.

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However, a simple YouTube search of “pepper spray” and “restraint chair” keywords produces a disturbing number of videos of suspects, inmates, and prisoners being pepper sprayed while at the same time posing no risk to jail personnel, because they’re already completely subdued.

We spoke with a retired jailer from Massachusetts who said she knew she had to get out of the industrial prison complex industry after she witnessed one prison guard and three police officers tase a man’s genitals while being fully restrained to a restraint chair. She said she knew those officers had “lost their humanity” and were treating inmates in a degrading and torturous manner.

Brannon told reporters, “I think it happened again because there was no discipline handed out to officers involved in abusing Amber Swink.” He said, “I think this type of treatment is becoming something that happens with impunity within the Montgomery County jail. Certainly, there were four large corrections officers — in addition to a sergeant — who were with Charles Wade and who had sufficient control over him and the situation without resorting to excess uses of force, including the pepper spray.”

As TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, while it is common for police to conduct their own internal investigations into allegations of abuse, more often than not, the individuals implicated in the abuse are never charged with a crime. If charges are filed, they most often get dropped. Very few officers ever spend one day in jail, getting vacation time docked instead of facing criminal charges and real jail time. Swink and Wade, with the help of their attorney Mr. Brannon, have both filed lawsuits against the jail and its employees, alleging they were the victims of torture.

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  • The Cat’s Vagina

    And if these people aren’t charged with some serious crimes, it’ll happen again… and again and again and again.

    • Dezri Dean

      Some people are surprised that cops get shot…

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Do your local police a favour..beat yourself up.

    • noddy

      comment made me laugh

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    The cops should be made to eat that stuff.

    • Jacob Winn

      All cops have to deal with being pepersprayed when they go in to being an officer

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        That’s as maybe, but not directly in the face like these incompetents have done, and the victim no way of protecting himself.

    • John Chabak

      Mix it with naplam first.

  • The age of the police state.Like the Taser before it, pepper spray as attitude adjustment.

  • Domina Elle

    Oh he’s not being pujalistic. Hitting your head on the wall? Is this some sort of self destructive activism? Get yourself killed? I want reforms I want cops to be held accountable but being a dick while in custody isn’t a good strategy. Citizens should be held accountable for their behaviors no less than the police. Is it only the police who have a responsibility? I’m not down with that idea.

    • Leslie Braun

      The polices responsibility doesn’t include pepper spraying an already restrained human being. They are to be held to a higher standard as theyre given permission to carry deadly weapons and enforce societies rules. No where in societies rules does it say we’re allowed to torture people because they’re giving us a hard time and we don’t like them.

      • Jacob Winn

        He was not fully restrained and causing a lot of difficulty in them restraining him in this video. He probably tensed up and wouldn’t let them restrain him. I am not saying it was the best choice to pepper spray him but it was an option.

  • doucyet

    Dude was being combative………….

    Why the hell did the chick at the end of the video get a shot of PS? That was BS!

  • Sandra Makey

    Sprayed at sutch close rang ‘its beond beleaf he didnt stop breathing ” even the cops are coughin and they are stud up ‘

  • Little_Caesar

    We here are all aware of the abuse perpetrated by cops. BUT! We have time on your side. The pendulum swings both ways my friends. 🙂

  • Jacob Winn

    None of you were there none of you know what was actually happening. Now maybe the pepper spray was uneeded but it was clear that when he said putting him in handcuffs was a cruel and unusual punishment made this lose all legitimacy for me at least. That is not cruel and unusual at the very least its annoying I have been in handcuffs for no good reason either. They told him they would be taken off right away yet he still wanted to be difficult. You don’t know what went down exactly he could have easily tensed up making it very hard for them to take him out of them and restrain his hands. And to me at least obviously he can breath if he can state loudly I cant breath help me. He was saying that because he knew they were video taping it he wanted something to use against them in court as simply as that.Where the video ends you can’t see if they gave him whatever it is that gets the pepper spray out of his eyes they very well could have right after the video one of the officers did leave the room maybe they were getting it. While there are cases of police being in the wrong I don’t think this is one of them. At this point everyone is looking for a reason to hate the police but they are a lot of cases where people get shot of multiple officers go take someone down and everyone cries the police brutality ,but in reality those people were resisting arrest they were being difficult. If police catered to everyone’s standards then nothing would ever get done. By saying this I am not making an excuse for those officers that do things wrong because they can get away with it like actually using unnecessary force just to be clear. I have experienced the stuff police do and I understand why they do it. Do not be so quick to claim police brutality because the people doing wrong and committing crimes will claim that because it helps their case and hurts the ones trying to stop them.