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Guards suspended in Guam prison abuse probe

October 23, 2013

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Authorities are investigating allegations that Guam prison guards used stun guns, which they aren’t allowed to carry, to abuse inmates.

Two Department of Corrections officers have been suspended for 20 days, as part of an investigation by the department, Guam police and the FBI, Pacific Daily News (http://ow.ly/q6D4B ) reported Wednesday.

A parent of an inmate reported an alleged Taser assault to police, said Jeff Limo, the department’s special assistant to the director. Four inmates were treated by a prison doctor for injuries believed to be from Tasers, Limo said.

Officers aren’t trained to use stun guns and aren’t allowed to carry them.

“We aren’t here to punish inmates,” he said. “We are here to protect the people of Guam.”

The inmates allegedly assaulted were in the facility’s unit for inmates in protective custody.

The department’s administrative investigation could take up to 60 days. The Guam Police Department is handling the criminal investigation. The FBI is involved because of possible civil rights violations, Limo said.

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Information from: Pacific Daily News: http://www.guampdn.com