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Bodycam video from Ohio prison: officer runs over inmate with vehicle

MARYSVILLE, Ohio – Newly released bodycam video from an incident at a women's prison in Ohio has sparked controversy and called into question the validity of possible allegations of abuse at the Marysville prison. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) told the Guardian last month that an internal investigation was underway at the prison after inmates reported alleged mistreatment by staff.

Bodycam footage obtained by the Guardian shows a corrections lieutenant driving a UTV (utility terrain vehicle) at high speed and then appearing to drive directly into a group of inmates, hitting one person. The occupant reportedly sustained injuries and was treated at the hospital.

The ODRC confirmed the incident occurred on March 14.

In a statement, the ODRC said, “An employee driving a UTV was responding to an incident when the vehicle came into contact with an incarcerated individual.” The statement added that the employee checked on the occupant's welfare. The inmate was then treated at the prison's infirmary before being transferred to an outside hospital for further evaluation and reportedly returned to the reformatory the following day.

According to the documents, the driver of the UTV was a staff lieutenant.

Sources close to the prison, who wished to remain anonymous, claim that this is not an isolated incident. However, the Guardian was unable to independently verify these claims.

An ODRC spokesperson confirmed that the Ohio State Highway Patrol has been notified and a separate internal investigation is underway.

Anna Harden

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