A Delaware inmate who claimed that a guard brutally beat him for talking in the prison cafeteria won $40,000 in a federal civil suit against the corrections officer, reports the Wilmington News-Journal. Curtis Collins, 45, who is serving a sentence until 2030 for first-degree robbery and a weapons charge, charged that correctional officer Bradley Berezansky used excessive force in a 2005 incident.
Collins’ attorney, Jason Jowers, said the jury “recognized that the U.S. Constitution places limits on the amount of force that a correctional officer may use against an inmate.” Collins said the incident started when he was in the prison cafeteria and asked some other inmates at a table to slide down. Prison rules say inmates have to sit eight to a table and a table has to be full before anyone can sit at an empty table — and there were only seven inmates at this table. However, prisoners also are not supposed to talk in the cafeteria and Berezansky told Collins to shut up.