Dec 1 2010
A surveillance video showing a Muslim prisoner being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison, as officers look on, has prompted an investigation by the FBI into whether guards violated the civil rights of inmates at the prison.
The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed being beaten by a fellow inmate at the privately run Idaho Correctional Center in January. Elabed managed to bang on a prison guard station window, pleading for help. No one intervenes when Elabed is knocked unconscious. It is alleged that at least three guards watched as Elabed was stomped on a dozen times. At no time during the recorded sequence did anyone try to pull the attacker away. 24-year-old Elabed suffered brain damage and persistent short-term memory loss from the attack. (How could they tell?)