NC Refuses Media Request For Video of Prison Melee


North Carolina’s corrections department will not let the public see security camera footage at the center of allegations that led to the arrest of a prison official last month, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. Richard Neely was removed as the administrator of Lanesboro Correctional Institution after he was arrested and charged with a felony count of obstructing justice. A former sergeant told investigators Neely instructed her to destroy disks containing the footage out of concern it might show a staff member using excessive force in a 2009 fight with inmates.

The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer filed a public records request asking the state to release security camera footage showing the November 2009 melee at the prison. Four inmates were arrested after the fight; no correctional officers were charged. Pamela Walker, the director of external affairs for the corrections department, said releasing the footage could imperil safety at the maximum security prison.

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