- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

DEMING, N.M. (AP) - Luna County authorities are investigating why surveillance video of a May 6 disturbance in the county jail is missing.

The Deming Headlight (https://goo.gl/sKhfa ) reports that Detention Center Director Matthew Elwell said Wednesday during a review of the incident that the video was not and would not be available for viewing.

Elwell declined to elaborate, but Sheriff John Mooradian said his office is investigating why the video is missing.

The incident began with a search of cells that prompted resistance from some inmates. Jail personnel used pepper spray and gas canisters after inmates became unruly, failed to respond to commands and kicked at doors.

The incident lasted just over two hours.

Meanwhile, inmates and families of inmates have reported poor conditions at the jail and retaliation against inmates.


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