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Nobody shook him down


By Gary T. Klugiewicz

Most correctional personnel understand that, when it comes to keeping staff physically and legally safe, nothing is more important than properly searching prisoners. Yet, mistakes are made every day with this primary safety function.

A great example of this is a popular piece of internet video footage from a police interview room. The scene opens with an officer walking an unrestrained prisoner into an interview room. The scene is very peaceful. The officer is relaxed. The prisoner appears calm. The officer even gets the sitting prisoner a bottle of water before walking out of the room for a moment. The prisoner drinks a sip of water before slowly and deliberately pulling a gun from him waistband and blowing his brains out.

After the officer runs back into the room and says “Oh $(*$%,” someone asks, “Where did he get it?” 

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