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Let the Chips Fall Where They May

A fight broke out in the low-security area of New York’s Erie County Correctional Facility. The cause of the fight, a spokesman said, “appears to be the dissemination of food products.” An inmate was in the best position to break up the fisticuffs, but when he tried, he was punched in the face, knocking out a tooth. Why didn’t jailers intervene? They were the ones fighting. The two correctional officers, who together have more than 55 years of experience, were allegedly fighting over a bag of potato chips. Officer Lawrence Mule was suspended for 60 days and must attend an anger-management program; Officer James Conlin was suspended without pay until he retires next month. “We are confident that the timeliness and level of the discipline administered in this case will send a clear message that this type of misconduct will never be tolerated in the Sheriff’s Office,” said Undersheriff Mark Wipperman. (RC/Buffalo News) ...Now that’s the sort of zero tolerance people can get behind.
Original Publication Date: 15 May 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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