Jurors acquit ex-officers acquit in prison use-of-force case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury has acquitted two former Nevada Department of Corrections officers of charges alleging excessive use of force in a 2016 confrontation with an inmate at a state prison near Las Vegas.
The Las Vegs Review-Journal reports that 36-year-old Paul Valdez and 35-year-old Jose Navarrete were acquired Friday of a felony charge of oppression under color of office and misdemeanor charges of inhumanity to a prisoner and false report by a public officer.
The incident occurred at the Southern Desert Correctional Center when the then-officers restrained an inmate.
Defense lawyers argued that the force used was justified, while a prosecutor argued that the inmate wasn’t hostile or a threat when he was restrained.
Valdez and Navarrete testified they felt threatened by the inmate, who didn’t testifying during the ex-officers’ trial.