Inmate allegedly tortured in jail is the tip of hate crime iceberg

By Robert Rooks and Dr. Niaz Kasravi

Originally posted at TheGrio.Com

Rarely do we come across a case that so clearly embodies racial hatred, elements of torture and police misconduct. On May 22, 2010 in an Indiana jail, Tevin Bald says he was a victim of exactly such an incident and the evidence backs him up.

Reports from the Harrison County Sheriff's Department indicate that on May 22, 2010, Cpl. Nathan Adams, used "extreme measures" on 18-year-old African American Tevin Bald. Bald was abused for over an hour after arguing with Cpl. Adams about cleaning duties. When Bald kicked over a water bucket out of anger, he was placed in restraints, stripped naked, placed in a restraint chair, verbally abused -- including the repeated us of the "n-word" being broadcast into his cell over the jail intercom - and had a mace-tainted hood placed on his head. Bald was then placed naked in a padded cell and not allowed to shower for three days. When a doctor was finally allowed to examine Bald, physical injuries were discovered that substantiated his claim of maltreatment.