ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County officials are denying allegations of excessive force and mistreatment of inmates made in a nearly 20-year-old federal lawsuit.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1inzw61) that County Attorney Randy Autio [auth] said Friday that authorities discipline inmates with behavioral problems in an appropriate fashion that doesn’t violate their constitutional rights.
Autio says the county received the latest motion this week in the civil-rights lawsuit, which was first filed in 1995.
Attorneys representing several inmates say in the motion that they were stripped of their belongings and bedding and put in a cell known as “the dungeon.”
They also allege pepper spray was used randomly on mentally-challenged inmates.
Attorney Peter Cubra says they are asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the alleged abuse.