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September 21, 2014

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Jury rejects inmate’s claim of excessive force

CARSON CITY — A federal court jury has rejected the claim of an inmate at the state prison in Ely that guards used excessive force in removing him from his cell.

Alfonso Jackson was tearing up shards of floor tiles and eating them, according to the state. Correctional officers entered his cell to stop the behavior and, Jackson alleged in his suit, he was the subject of cruel and unusual punishment.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced that the jury on Wednesday returned the verdict after a two-day trial in Reno. Jackson had sued the state Department of Corrections and four officers.

Cortez Masto said correctional officers carry out an “invaluable and difficult law enforcement assignment” on a daily basis and she was grateful for their efforts.

Jackson is serving time for second-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault out of Clark County, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

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