tv Lockup Raw MSNBC April 17, 2016 4:00am-4:31am PDT
>> the sound is good. >> we weren't rolling. damn it! >> we're good, we're good. never again. >> are you tired? >> this is helping. due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. msnbc takes you behind the walls of america's most notorious prisons to a world of chaos and danger. now, the scenes you've never seen. "lockup: raw." the day we arrived at colorado state penitentiary, a super max prison at the base of the rocky mountains, we found a sterile austere environment. steel doors behind which inmates are locked up 23 hours a day.
but despite his surroundings, inmate shawn shields was in high spirits. when he sat down with us, he was eager to help our producer get the interview under way. >> quiet on the set, you boneheads. >> it's a prison, you know. >> all right. let's roll tape. >> then he calmly told us how he got 16 years added to his original sentence of 12 for robbery. >> me and another inmate had an altercation, i manipulated the door so that it wouldn't latch completely. and when he came out to walk, i came down after him and proceeded to stab him. >> why? was it because you guys weren't getting along. >> it was just a verbal altercation. >> does that happen a lot in
here? >> um, there is a lot of verbal altercations between people. you've got to understand, there's 16 men living together behind closed doors with stress, animosity towards one another in some cases. and it's not always a pleasant place to be. >> when inmates erupt, no one is safe. including correctional staff. >> we had an inmate that was on his way to the rec yard and came behind an officer and used a derogatory statement toward him. i immediately told him that his recreation was being taken for that comment. he decided to lean forward as if he was going to brace himself and he just bit right into my left arm. this is my left arm the day that the bite occurred. he bit in so fast and so hard, that i didn't even feel him biting in. and he severed the nerve in my arm where i now have permanent damage. >> call right now. 209. >> while officer mills' bite wound was severe, his ordeal wasn't nearly as terrifying as the nightmare one of his fellow officers experienced.
in this previously unaired footage provided to "lockup" by the prison, hostage negotiators are outside the cell of inmate willie hill. moments earlier, hill overpowered a female correctional officer, shackled her with her own restraints, and was now holding her at knifepoint in his cell. >> she's keeping him distracted. >> meanwhile, riverbend's emergency response team suits up for action. while the negotiator speaks with hill, the team quietly assembles undetected outside the cell door. >> here we go. coming in. >> at a precise moment, the door is opened and the team rushes the cell, setting off a flash-bang grenade. [ screaming ] >> stop!
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during their routine cell search at the river bend maximum security institute in tennessee, a pair of contraband head phones was removed from the cell of germane structure. >> by the next day, things had escalated. >> cell extraction team has been made for removing the sharp items. unit 3201. he was assaultive toward staff last night. a cup of urine was thrown at an officer's face yesterday and a coke bottle full of water hit an officer in the head. one manager discovered this an
he wanted all hard items removed from the cell to gone compliance from the inmate. he refused so cell extraction teams has been called. >> when they are called it means they are getting ready to remove the inmate from the cell. and when you see them suited up with you see how serious they take the procedure and the threat they could pose. they let us follow at safe distance. >> reporter: inside the cell block, the officer gives him one-chance to comply. i'm going to ask you one more time and that's it. >> structure is still refusing orders. the extraction team moves in.
>> quiet down. don't resist. >> turn him over. face down. gentlemen, let's take him to the rest yard. >> structure is taken outside while his cell is cleared. medical staff is always called in after a cell extraction to check the inmate for injuries. though they do not find anything, his complaints continue >> cutting off my circulation. >> if you can comply we wouldn't have to go through this. [ bleep ].
>> everything went the way it is supposed to. he was taken to the yard so we restrained anymore in the rec yard, medically checked him out. no injuries. most of what he was doing is theatrical. >> we moved him in to the house and will be a minimum of two hours. as his demeanor an he wants to come play with policy answer procedures he will be removed from restraints. went excellent. nobody got hurt. >> terrell completed his sentence eventually at river bend and released from prison in february of 2008.
another memorable inmate may never know such freedom. when we met dante bullock at the penitentiary in iowa, he was spending his third day in ad seg, administrative segregation known as the hold. authorities say he stuffed this padlock in a sock and brutally attacked another inmate with it. >> do you have violence in the past, angry? >> i'm violent when i'm provoked. >> bullock is serving a life sentence for kidnapping, but if the padlock assault charges stick he could spend the next year in ad seg where he would be locked in a cell 23 hours a day. >> i was in the wrong place at the wrong time. my defense was telling me i was
in the area just push out of the way. >> bullock was anxiousry awaiting a hearing with the prison to plead his case. in the meantime he let us know while ad seg meant losing his -- it let him keep up with current events. >> me i think it is the best cell. you see who's coming in an out. >> reporter: three days later, bullock was about to face his own hearing on the assault charge. >> he is charged with serous
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your number? >> 1147. >> after addressing procedural matters, administrative law judge william sapeen reads the correctional officer's account of the assault. >> determined by the investigation that inmate bullock assaulted [ bleep ] with a weapon and required stitches, breaking his right hand trying to block the weapon that required a cast. i have here the photos of the scene of the incident that i will share with you. this is the victim of the assault and injuries. also before me i have a sock with a padlock, combination lock inside. i have a statement from the staff member that located that. >> i didn't have nothing to do with this. when the assault took place i was on the stairs when an inmate ran by me. i could have been easily mistaken. that's what i believe, i was mistaken. they thought by me being pushed aside when he was running that i
was the one that assaulted him. >> inmates that witnessed the assault and provided staples remain anonymous in hearings like this. but it's up to judge sapeen to determine their credibility. >> do you have any enemies in the institution, mr. bullock? >> no, i don't. >> i'm trying to help you here. >> what i'm saying is, i'm giving you an opportunity to provide to me names of people who may not be credible. if you decide not to provide them, that is up to you. >> how do i know when i don't even know what a weapon is. now you tell me, you don't show
me what weapon is. >> is there anything you want to say today? >> you don't have any evidence. >> there was multiple witnesses to this. >> are they credible? >> that is mid responsibility to determine their credibility like i have to determine your credibility. you have been given every opportunity today. you said i don't have nothing to do with this. >> you had the opportunity to make sure -- >> the standard of evidence is some ed. the courts rules that can be a report of the staff member. hopefully i will use higher standard than that, and i usually do. whether you accept that or not is entirely up to you. i answered your questions and given you a chance.
at this point i will conclude your testimony. >> you can't prove the padlock is mine. i believe i have a clear understanding of due process. i'm not sure that he does. >> you know what i'm saying? you would hope they would take is seriously. and look at, you know what i'm saying? what really happened. >> just a matter of moments before he is ready to render a decision. >> my finding is assault with a weapon that is a class a v violati violation. 365 days in detention. you will be required to pay any
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