Nevada State Attorney General's Office
Corrections Officer Bradley Chapline
Just Changing A Few Words
In Your Report
could really Help
Authored By: Bradley Chapline
Could a tower officer, meaning me, clearly see the specifics, from my elevated post, of a physical fight between an inmate and an officer. This incident took place almost directly below my post in June of 2008.
I was named, by the Attorney General's Office, as their star witness in the defense of the officer involved in the fight.
However, not only being perched in my guard tower several stories directly upwards from the incident in the prison's sally port, I was expected to clearly see, even at an angle, through a thick chain linked fence line.
I said no, I could not get a clear view of the subject incident. Therefore, I could not testify on behalf of the officer, or, even against the inmate. The Attorney General's Office believed I was lying.
The Deputy AGs wanted me to change a few words on my report that could help the state's case against the inmate. I also refused this request. For, my initial report was accurate, and would stand as written.
In the end, allegedly, the state settled out of court with the inmate for an unspecified sum in federal court. I do not know what, if any, disciplinary action was taken against the officer who had apparently instigated this fight and subsequently used an excessive amount of force during this incident.
I was indirectly, and politely notified not to expect any assistance from the Attorney General's Office in the future, should I ever be sued by an inmate.
I had retired from state service approximately one month after the incident, as I had planned well before this incident had occurred.