- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a western New York cell block attendant has been charged with beating a handcuffed inmate, dragging him across a floor and leaving him in a restraint chair for nearly two hours.

Matthew Jaskula pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he violated the inmate’s rights. A federal judge set bail at $5,000.

Authorities say the 26-year-old Jaskula was working for the Buffalo Police Department in May when he shoved an inmate’s face into a door, causing the man to hit a shelf and fall face-first on the floor.

Officials say Jaskula then dragged the unconsciousness inmate into a cell and put him into a restraint chair while the man bled profusely from facial injuries.

The incident was recorded on the cell block’s video cameras.



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