Grenade Tossed in Prison Cell Video Released by Corrections Dept.
A grenade tossing video was released by Wisconsin Department of Corrections. A nonlethal stinger grenade was used against Raynard Jackson in a prison cell in March 2005. Jackson sued the department for excessive force and the case was settled in July 2009 for $49,000.
Jackson, who weighs 135 pounds, said the blast caused ringing in his ears that lasted for months and was diagnosed with tinnitus, according to The Associated Press. He sued the department for excessive force in federal court and the department settled for $49,000 this July.
The Associated Press requested the video in July but was denied, citing the tape would compromise the prison's security as it shows the range, resolution and coverage area of the cameras. AP again requested the video, which was shot using a hand-held camera, and was once again denied. On October 26, AP filed a lawsuit demanding the release of the tape under the state's open records law.
On November 16, the Department of Corrections agreed to release the tape and pay $5,000 in attorneys fees to AP.