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.