File this under “disgusting” on every possible level – graphically, morally and physically.
The Free Thought Project covers a truly repulsive story detailing a Florida corrections officer’s experience trying to do the right thing by reporting a case of beyond-excessive brutality that ended with a man’s eyeball ripped out of his skull by a fellow officer. The following excerpt from the full article is graphic, so be forewarned.
Corrections officer, John Pisciotta, had been on the job at the Charlotte Correctional Institution for 3 1/2 years. He was no stranger to the despicable abuse perpetrated by his coworkers on a daily basis.
When his boss, Capt. Scott Anderson told him to do a cell extraction of an elderly mentally ill black man, Kelly Bradley, who’d placed his mattress up against his cell door, Pisciotta became nervous. He knew that officer William Hamilton Wilson, who had a brutal history, was going to be on the extraction team.
“This inmate was cowering under a blanket in the corner of his cell,” Pisciotta recalled in an interview this week with the Miami Herald. “He was an older man, very frail and mentally ill. He wasn’t trying to fight anybody. He was just scared. He was no threat to anyone.”
But not being a threat was of no concern to officer Wilson, who liked to sadistically inflict pain upon restrained inmates.
After Bradley was cuffed and shackled, and posed zero threat to the officers, Wilson dug his finger into the man’s eye socket so hard that he literally popped his eyeball from his skull.
As this mentally ill old man lay bleeding with his eyeball dangling onto his cheek, the officers explained to Capt. Anderson that no one saw anything, no one heard anything, and no one knew why Bradley’s eyeball was hanging by a thread.
Sadism in the police and correctional corps is an oft-rumored thing, though one that we mere citizens hope and pray is born more of fright and active imagination than fact. That those granted extreme power would have such dark souls is something we would presume wouldn’t be allowed to happen, especially with the supposed psychiatric evaluations these officers are supposed to undergo.
Clearly, William Hamilton Wilson somehow escaped the “stringent” examinations in place, and was able to cultivate a reputation for brutality that went ignored and unreported.
So what would happen when someone did report this gut-wrenching act of violence against a helpless victim?
All of the evidence, including the glove worn by Wilson and used to pop out Bradley’s eye, was destroyed.
“I knew once I did the right thing, and I stepped forward…my career would be over,” Pisciotta told a jury during Wilson’s 2009 federal criminal trial. “It’s something you don’t do. You don’t go against other officers. Because my life has been a living hell ever since.’’
After Pisciotta had hinted that he was going to turn in Wilson for his torturous actions, the entire department set out to ruin his life.
From the Miami Herald‘s original story:
On the same day that he gave a taped statement to an investigator with the DOC Inspector General’s Office, the harassment began, Pisciotta said.
It started with officers shunning him, then turned into threats and intimidation, according to his civil court complaint. A union representative warned him: “It’s going to be rough for you now.”
On June 6, 2008, Wilson was arrested on charges of aggravated battery. Wilson’s arrest affidavit — which described Pisciotta’s role as a witness — was sent to the email accounts of 19 different officers. Two weeks later, “Coward’’ was sprayed in black across the side of Pisciotta’s home. His car’s fender was damaged and its transmission wires were cut.
Pisciotta’s fellow officers also crafted a story about his assaulting an inmate, which subsequently got him fired a day after his reporting the incident with Wilson.
After taking his grievance to the Florida Commission on Human Relations, Pisciotta’s false assault charge was deemed to be rubbish, however he still didn’t get his job back and was forced to move to Vermont where he became a farmer.
Let no good deed go unpunished.
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