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Horrifying Leaked Video Shows Youth Corrections Officers Torturing Children

A new report from the Colorado Child Safety Coalition describes “a culture of violence” among staff of the state’s Division of Youth Corrections (DYC). Youths held in the system undergo solitary confinement, shackles, a straightjacket called “the WRAP” and pain compliance techniques such as “knee strikes” and the use of pressure points.

Youths were placed in solitary confinement 2, 240 times over a 13-month period, which is an increase despite a 2016 law to reduce the practice. Restraint by handcuffs, shackles or a full-body straightjacket was used 3,611 times, often with pain compliance techniques. This happened in a population of about 8,000 youths, ages 13 to 21, at Colorado’s 12 “secure youth corrections facilities.”

The Denver Post reported on the detailed investigation, which DYC director Anders Jacobson called “inflammatory.” Nevertheless, he is already moving to reduce the use of force and seclusion.

“The investigation relied on internal data on violence and restraint collected by the Division of Youth Corrections and obtained by researchers, medical and corrections reports, including videos, released after incarcerated youth signed waivers, and interviews with 21 youths who were held in 11 facilities. Scrutiny of youth corrections by community watchdogs and some lawmakers has intensified in the last few years as reports of riots and abuse surfaced from Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs, but this investigation is the most comprehensive and damaging.”

The facilities, which are understaffed in violation of federal standards, first attempt to use verbal de-escalation, but as a last resort will use the WRAP. This restraint is banned in other states, including Arkansas where the child ombudsman called it “torture.” Combined with the “spit mask,” the entire restraint conjures images of Hannibal Lecter.

The wrap — used 253 times in 13 months, more than once every other day — requires handcuffing a youth’s hands and binding his legs together. The youth is wrapped up, the entire length of the body, and a strap attached to the chest and legs forces the youth into a seated position. In some cases, staff also cover the youth’s head and face with a cloth called a “spit mask.””

Some teens described being kept in the WRAP for one to three hours. It was used on a child who attempted to hang himself with a shirt, and another who was “sitting quietly while tears streaming down face.”

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The spit mask can make breathing difficult, especially with a bloody nose, as one youth described.

I was trying to breathe to talk to them and say ‘Stop, stop, stop.’ They wouldn’t listen, so they put the spit mask on me. I was trying to breathe and blood was filling up in my mouth and coming up in my nose. And I was trying to spit it out but I couldn’t. And I was crying.

Despite the best efforts of DYC to hide what really goes on in their facilities — including refusing to release their descriptions of uses of force — researchers found disturbing patterns. Staff use pressure points on the head, neck, wrist, tibia, calves and jaw to force teens to the ground.

Staff use their knees to strike youths in the legs, stomach and side of the body, documenting strikes to the “femoral nerve point” or “common peroneal,” a nerve in the lower leg, the report says.

 

Division records confirmed youth reports of head injuries, concussions, rug burns, shoulder separation, bruises and bleeding after altercations between staff and youths, researchers said. Teens reported having their heads slammed to the floor or into furniture, feeling dizzy and being placed on concussion watch. One said staff would treat them nicely after realizing “how much damage” they caused, asking “Can I clean your face? Can I get you a new shirt?””

There are undoubtedly troubled youths and fights at the CYM, and they often have unfortunate pasts of abuse and neglect. But subjecting them to more torment is no way to “correct” a youth.

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The Denver Post notes that violence, meaning assaults and fights, has increased 42 percent from 2013 to 2016. These youths are probably not some unusual ultra-violent group, but could rather be the product of the ‘culture of violence’ perpetrated by Colorado’s DYM staff.

The coalition behind the report – consisting of ACLU Colorado, Disability Law Colorado, the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender and the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center – calls for the WRAP and solitary confinement to be banned, and urges Colorado to look to Missouri for guidance on reform.

“In Missouri, sleeping quarters more resemble dorm rooms than cells. Youths can have comforters, wear their own clothes instead of prison scrubs, and decorate with their own belongings. The goal is “internalized change” instead of “behavioral compliance.” Missouri has significantly lower rates of violence and injury to staff and youths compared with other states.”

These are kids, after all – not hardened adult criminals. Their developing brains are more malleable to the conditions in which they live. Sadly, Colorado’s incarcerated kids are being exposed to the brutality of America’s police state at an early age.

 

  • billdeserthills

    Now you know why pedophiles & rapists become police & correctional officers

  • Jerry Mael

    Please define the difference between ‘hardened, adult criminals’ and ‘hardened, Minor criminals’.
    When a puppy craps in the floor you discipline it or you will end up with a full grown dog that shits all over your home for life.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Yet, if you kick the dog in the ribs every time it shits on the floor, you may just end up with a furiously hateful beast who tears your fucking throat out at the first chance. If you don’t understand the difference between discipline and abuse, don’t fucking breed!

      • Gordon Klock

        Not to mention, it will STILL crap on the floor, & just as likely to bite you, if you express any further displeasure…

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      And also FUCK YOU – people who justify child abuse are every bit as bad as the cowardly monsters who prey on helpless kids that can’t fight back.

    • The Cat’s Vagina
      • Hugh Culliton

        It might be because I’m incredibly perceptive, but I sense a wee little tad of hostility in your meme.

    • Guy

      As a youth guidance counselor myself at a intercity facility in downtown Oakland in the early 70’s. I have meet some tough as nails kids, that could be considered pretty scary ! Big ! Strong ! guy’s at 16-18 years old that could easily bounced me around like a basket ball, had they wanted to ! They never did and I never worried about it. We were there to shoot hoops and have fun, and that’s what we did ! These kids were from some of the worst neighborhoods in Oakland, with parents that could give a shit, most with no dad around and lots of brothers and sisters, who were just barely hanging on !

      It’s all about the respect given both ways, and friendships made. You want to get one of these big guy’s pissed off, it’s easy, talk to em like a cop, then be ready to run !

    • Hugh Culliton

      I really hope you’re sterile.

    • billdeserthills

      Better be careful, there is a difference between a dog that doesn’t know enough to make outside and an
      animal who is simply too sick to make it outside and neither require a violent reaction on your part

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    One said staff would treat them nicely after realizing “how much damage” they caused, asking “Can I clean your face? Can I get you a new shirt?””

    I cannot understate how much this kind of tactic fucks a kid up in the head. Kids in places like this are SO VERY DESPERATE for even a flicker of affection or approval that they’ll cling to these little “kindnesses” and respond to them with forgiveness and cooperation. Later down the road, it eats away at the mind because it starts to make you feel like you were a party to your own abuse, like they wouldn’t have been able to do it so much if you hadn’t been so pathetically desperate for just a glimmer of human decency that you kept letting them get away with it.

    This pattern of abuse is common and pervasive enough to be almost trite. It really breaks the heart, but that’s how evil these people are. It’s not enough for them to torture and abuse people – they have to make sure it’s very clearly the VICTIM’S FAULT. That’s why sadistic psychos are drawn to places like this. They know we live in such a hateful, shitty society that people will excuse just about ANY abuse in a jail setting with “well, they shouldn’ta broke the law – it’s not supposed to be fun in there.”

    • Daniel

      If the goal is to create more police jobs and keep more people in prisons, then this is the right strategy. The more fucked up people, the more likely they will commit crime in the future. “Justice” is a great business nowadays.

    • junktex

      Your best post to date.Agree 100%

  • Gordon Klock

    These folks are dangerous idiots, they restrained a kid using questionable methods, because the kid was crying, not being physically violent, or any kind of real hazard, but CRYING…& how did the other kid get that bloody nose, in the first place ? (I’m suspicious) Another was basically ‘punished’ for a suicide attempt, (nice way to encourage him to live),
    They always try to take a high moral ground, as if that exempts them from being sadistic morons, & often they seem to like to say they were “teaching them a lesson” to justify their ridiculous abuse….

  • kcgoat

    do the police know that they are creating cop killers ,go ask a shrink what it does to these kids at a young age ,they will never forget

    • Hugh Culliton

      It’s vastly more likely that kids exposed to such abuse will harm themselves through drugs, cutting, or attempted suicide. You’re right though, the scars of such treatment will last a lifetime.

  • George III

    I’ll never understand how a parent can face jail time for slapping or spanking their own child, but cops and guards can beat the crap out of someone’s child (even murder them) and society doesn’t even blink an eye. I say let parents discipline their children as they see fit (as long as it’s not bordering extreme child abuse) so that the children, some not all, will not have to endure these power-tripping bullies.

    • Hugh Culliton

      So child abuse s OK as long as it’s not “extreme”? What do you define as mild or extreme child abuse?

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      The answer is to STOP letting cops and guards beat children, not make it “fair” by letting their parents join in the abuse!

  • Hugh Culliton

    If you treat kids worse than animals they will rise to your expectations. Hedges was right: eventually the sins of empire – the violence the US inflicts around the world – eventually is visited on the homeland. I wonder when the Reaper strikes on protests will start? By October?

  • bojimbo26

    The victim ALWAYS remembers the bully , whereas the bully forgets the victim .

  • Ibcamn

    and this is why they needed to get cops into schools…to create a direct pipeline from the schools to the prisons…that is the only reason cops are in schools,they faked all those shootings to get a kneejerk reaction from the locals and all the voting people,they needed to get the cops from their corrupt system next to children,involved directly with the kids to teach them at an early age not to go outside the lines laid out for them,like the socialistic systems of other country’s,to line up and follow each other to work to make the product and make the money to pay the kings tax to them,to let them rob you and keep you a slave….they gave up on all the old people,they are done with them hoping they all die soon,why you think the obamacare insurance forced on us has the death list for the elderly…my father was allowed to literally starv to death in front of us,and when we tried to feed him,they had security remove us[and eventually ban us]from the grounds till my father passed away from literally starving to death,and the nurses did nothing to help him at all,because it would be against the law for them to do so….WTF is that people,this is why it is happening to the older people,why they won’t care for them,they want and are focused on the youth and the children of today,they need them to not think for themselves,to be a homiganist group of kids and they should not think for themselves at all,they can’t make friends with just a few people,they have to be friends with everyone…they are told to call all the kids in their school their friends to parents,they are told to play with all the other kids,told not to skip,not to run,not to hold hands in school and not to hug other kids and not to yell and scream and to obey the teachers or they will go to the office and get detention and will get detention if they raise their voices in class and not to defend themselves just tell a teacher or not to fight the bully just report them,it is all to get them prepared for the indoctrination center[highschools]and then it will all bve worse…because now you have corrupt cops in tha schools,who will indded arrest you for yelling in class,raising your voice and/or disagreeing with your teachers..believe it or not,if you ask the teacher too many questions outside the norm[freethinkers]the teachers will in fact call the cops on you for”disrupting class”,yep,and if you don’t go,or question their authority they will in fact arrest you,punch and kick you if need for resisting being kidnapped,err,i mean arrested for nothing….there was a case where a girl was arrested,and taken to court and in front of a judge and put on probation,with fines for,,wait for it……”wearing too much perfume”…yep,a girl now has a police/criminal record for wearing too much perfume in class..if this doesn’t worry you,it’s too late for you,your fucked in the head and done for….this is what they want,for you to be good little slaves and follow orders,if not they will do this very shit to you till you break or they just kill you,that/this is why cops get away with murdering the people of this country and just walk away from it to do it all over again..even when those cops get fired,they just work somewhere else…it’s all about getting us back in line,we are straying from their narrative,they don’t like us questioning them,questioning their authority,they don’t like us home schooled,or our parents who know better getting inside their own kids heads,that is why they need this corrupt system going on in schools today…its all about control and their power over us……the youth of today needs to be re-indoctrinated to follow the rules they have laid out for them..we have become to self aware and they hate it….the world was suppose to be for all of us,but the greedy few have it and want to keep it…..fight them at every turn..we need to protect ourselves from harm from them.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Nobody fakes school shootings.

      • Ibcamn

        and you are why these kids are being tortured,you are aiding in this,if people actually believe sandy hook happened,you are too far gone,you are a total gem to those in power,in control of this nightmare of a world…you support the crimes they commit against the people.wake up,,see it for yourself,but you can’t,you are gone,your simple mind is theirs and you are being used as a shill,and don’t even know it…you have my pity.
        stay in your dream state and be all fuzzy and warm in your thoughts that you think are your own.go hide behind the cops that you see as your friends,you are indeed to indoctrinated to help,too far gone and you have joined the circus for the last time..goodbye

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          You are shitting on the memory of dead children and pissing on the grief of their parents! Go die in a grease fire, you wacko piece of shit! I certainly won’t mourn your loss.

          • OneGoodDeed

            If you want understanding try some research into what ibcamn stated. Though I doubt you will, due to your posture.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            You know nothing. Around the time it happened, I personally called the school to express my condolences. They THANKED me instead of asking what the hell I was talking about. Do you honestly believe that an ENTIRE elementary school, along with every student who attends and ALL their families, would just fucking LIE about something like this? You’re a sick motherfucker!

          • OneGoodDeed

            The sign of ignorance is name calling. Still not too late to do some research though. What I think, is that you do not know anything about the incident and have not taken the time to educate yourself.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Fuck off and step on a Lego!

          • OneGoodDeed

            Clearly you do not want to know anything beyond what you “think” you already do. This IS the American epidemic.

          • Gordon Klock

            “Cannot fill a cup that is already full”….

          • dillybar

            omg your a dumbass

          • Gordon Klock

            I’m sorry to say this, but having the school ‘thank you for asking’, does not prove that whatever happened, happened the way we’ve been told, there is an awful lot of evidence pointing to a weird ‘orchestrated event’ with blatant political purposes, & I’m sorry if this sounds insensitive, but there is no real, hard, proof that anybody involved, died that day, save Adam Lanza, & his mom.
            The Connecticut coroner’s office, only listed those two, as having died that day, not any of the kids or teachers, which is not only completely weird, but also totally illegal.
            Your emotional outrage may be exactly the effect ‘they’ wanted you, & everyone else to have, you obviously have no intention of even ‘bothering to check’ if it’s a monsterous lie, despite there being plenty of scary evidence that it was, (l don’t have time to list it all, as am not anybody’s research assistant),
            Your assumption that we are just ‘disrespecting the dead’, with paranoid fantasies, may well be far less founded, than you think, please understand that I don’t necessarily blame you for reacting this way, & usually I find I agree with most of your comments,- your one of the voices around here, that has a real heart, but I seriously think you need to scratch a little deeper, before you make emotional accusations at people, who may have,(often, accidentally, & unintentionally) bumped into evidence that flys against what everyone’s been told, & prefer to believe…

          • Boba Vette

            The coroners office had 28 victims that day.

            “Dr Carver said that each of the 26 victims was shot between there and 11 times, with two of the victims being shot at incredibly close range”

          • Gordon Klock

            I’d like to see the source (& especially time & date) of that information, especially where, & when it was first posted, because I (& quite a few others) obviously heard otherwise, from a source purportedly working with the coroner’s office, & creepy evidence has a habit of disappearing, & being explained away by seemingly credible sources, but if your right about this, it still leaves a great deal of still disturbing unanswered questions, that I have not the room to post here…

          • Boba Vette

            All of your questions have been answered anyways. if you where to continue you would only prove you get your answers from fakeconspiracy websites instead of the actual facts that have been posted by the real victims parents. I would really like to know….
            .
            Why is it easier to convince yourself that this mass shooting didn’t happen based on no actual facts?

          • Gordon Klock

            Then how come none of this information was forthcoming, at the time when some people were asking these disturbing questions ?
            It’s easy to plant refuting evidence after the fact, & I may come off as absolutely paranoid, but I watched the ‘official story’ mutate & change over time, in a manner that looked like a well organized cover up, at the time it was happening,-they really needed to answer these questions clearly, at the time these questions first appeared, not months & years later, after all these “paranoid” accusations already came about…..

          • Boba Vette

            You mean like this story….
            .
            “Sgt. Craig Pusley wears his desert camo fatigues… no weapons… just him. Took it upon himself to go to the nearby school and stand watch outside. The school loved it. The principal thanked him. No pay.. no breaks… just his heart felt need to do this. His reward? Marine Corp Reservists says he violated protocol bt wearing his fatigues and not his dress uniform in public. Facing $10,000 fine and 5 years in prison. Also getting a “dishonorable” stamp on his “honorable” discharge. He served 2 tours in iraq, in Baghdad and Ramadi. One in Helmand province of Afghanistan before leaving active duty.
            Now he is writing a letter to the President apologizing for his actions.

            WAKE UP! This man is a wonderful outstanding brave hero in my book and to think for a second that his heart felt need to go stand in front of his little neighborhood school was wrong. Screw you! The President should be sending him a Thank you letter.

            So I salute you Sgt. Craig Pusley. Thank you!

            This is something I would like to see go viral. Let’s stand up and say Thank you to this man who didn’t think twice… he followed his heart and there is no crime in doing that.””

          • Gordon Klock

            No, NOT like that story….
            (I may be stupid, but WTF does that have to do with it ? Was it because in was in front of a ‘school’ or something ?)…
            I’m getting the impression that you are going to make damn sure that this conversation goes absolutely nowhere, so enjoy calling me a “conspiracy theorist” or whatever, & painting me as someone, I know I’m not….

          • Boba Vette

            “I’m getting the impression ” Sorry you are feeling that way. So what stories convince you that none of these people died?

            CHILDREN:
            Charlotte Bacon, 6
            Daniel Barden, 7
            Olivia Engel, 6
            Josephine Gay, 7
            Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
            Dylan Hockley, 6
            Madeleine Hsu, 6
            Catherine Hubbard, 6
            Chase Kowalski, 7
            Jesse Lewis, 6
            James Mattioli, 6
            Grace McDonnell, 7
            Emilie Parker, 6
            Jack Pinto, 6
            Noah Pozner, 6
            Caroline Previdi, 6
            Jessica Rekos, 6
            Avielle Richman, 6
            Benjamin Wheeler, 6
            Allison N. Wyatt, 6
            ADULTS:
            Rachel Davino, 29
            Dawn Hochsprung, 47
            Anne Marie Murphy, 52
            Lauren Russeau, 20
            Mary Sherlach, 56
            Victoria Soto, 27

          • Gordon Klock

            Back to the “guilt trip” routine, sorry, but this is an overly familiar routine, do I now have to type reams about the fact that most, if not all, the parents just so happened to be professional actors, where they were spotted with the same kids later, (or at least with kids who looked the same as those who ‘died’), the weird way the fire trucks etc, needlessly blocked the ambulances, from the school, the fact that some of the parents were also at the Boston bombing (another debated ‘event’), under different names, etc, etc, it does not matter, at this point, you seem to think I just heard a few “stories”, & freaked out on them without looking deeper (I do NOT like thinking this was a “false flag” type of thing, but my respect for the truth, regardless of whether or not I like were it takes me, is more important to me , than how I feel about it)…..

          • Boba Vette

            Good points!
            .
            “if not all, the parents just so happened to be professional actors, where they were spotted with the same kids later, (or at least with kids who looked the same as those who ‘died'”
            .
            “The notion that Homeland Security is employing “crisis actors” to portray grieving parents and others connected with the Sandy Hook shootings (such as Laura and Nick Phelps) is based on nothing more than some superficial physical similarities between persons connected to the Sandy Hooks shootings and completely unrelated persons”
            .
            One prominent rumor claimed that one of the Boston Marathon bombing victims was an 8-year-old girl who attended school at Sandy Hook and/or was running the marathon for the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Some iterations of the rumor included a photograph of the purported victim: This rumor is false: the child killed in the bombings was not a participant in the race, and children are not allowed on the course. As reported in the Boston Globe, the young victim was Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy who was killed as he waited near the finish line with his parents and siblings:
            .
            Ambulances where not blocked and there is AMPLE video that shows that. They are parked facing the road as if to exit as soon as they receive patients. In order for them to get parked in the position they are in they were not backed in. They had to have been driven down the road to the school and then diverted back by the shed and subsequently ” turned around” and then they pulled up behind each other. It’s pretty obvious that is how they were lined up. Which tells me they were there pretty early and found their way down the road to the school with no problem…they were just sent to the fire house.

          • Gordon Klock

            Again I have to ask, why is this information so darn easy to look up NOW???
            I & others actually tried to find such simple information, at the time all this was being ‘debated’, after all that time, of so many people dying to find answers & all we got was either stony silence, or emotional guilt trips, for these answers to pop up NOW only looks extra suspicious, & ‘after the fact’….
            You left out Wolfgang Halbig, I’m curious as to how the alphabet agencies probably discredited him, & you seem like you “have all the answers” on this subject…
            I REALLY needed to hear all this back then, to tell me this now, can only look suspicious & manipulative to me………

          • Boba Vette

            I understand. Be well have a nice weekend.

          • Gordon Klock

            You too..

          • Samuel Lane

            After the “Sandy Hook shootings” a man made a video from the outside the fence area of the school. What I found odd was that on one side of the building, the wall was mostly glass window but there was not one snowflake, snowman, or any other winter decoration. Mind, the incident occurred on Dec. 12..

          • Gordon Klock

            I thought it also odd, that the demolition crew, that tore the school down later, had to sign ‘non-disclosure agreements’, (again, the appearance of “something to hide”), but there is a lot of weird details, that did not quite add up, (too many to remember/list here,)…

          • Ibcamn

            ah,the old name calling and shaming trick,it works on weak minded people[such as yourself]but i see you are what i suspected you were..agitator..nothing more.
            you missed my point…right over your head and then you went directly to shaming and crap like that.liberal minded people like you i see have no time for facts and go dig up anything of value,you are too far gone in the indoctrination system.. have a good life.goodbye

  • OneGoodDeed

    Torture!

  • Boba Vette

    Awesome, take a troubled youth and torturerape himher for your jollies…