The finding for the plaintiff was clearly erroneous. The finding of de minimis injury does not compel a finding of de minimis force; "minor" is not de minimis. But it was clearly erroneous to find that the defendant's actions were not a good faith effort to maintain or restore discipline, since the prisoners involved had been involved in the yard incident and the bus was in an unfenced area. Even accepting that only one or two inmates were involved in the disturbance, the force was not excessive. The reason for not letting the inmates off to wash off the mace was "more than reasonable": the defendant was afraid that inmates would engage in further disruptions and disturbance, and no one requested medical assistance. Air movement is an approved way of ameliorating the effect of mace, and they left the bus windows open during the trip. "[P]erhaps most importantly," the finding of minor injury confirms the reasonableness of that decision. See: Baldwin v. Stalder, 137 F.3d 836 (5th Cir. 1998).
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Baldwin v. Stalder
|Cite||137 F.3d 836 (5th Cir. 1998)|
|Level||Court of Appeals|