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TDCJ Guards Accused of Attacking Handicapped Prisoner

On June 11, 2001, Texas prisoner Santiago Elizalde, Jr., filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Warden, an Ad. Seg. Major and two prison guards at the Telford Unit where he was housed. His complaint alleged the two guards attacked and beat him because he asked to speak to a ranking officer when the guards refused him his walking cane. During the disciplinary hearing resulting from the incident, Warden Rodney Cooper and Major Melvin Stanley backed the guards and punished Elizalde for assaulting them – even though he was restrained in handcuffs at the time.
See: Elizalde v. Cooper, et al., U.S.D.C., E.D.-Tx., Bowie, # 501 CV 173.

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Elizalde v. Cooper, et al.