Yesterday we told you of a leaked video recording that showed one of the prisoners making a statement implicating several prisoners and a prison officer. The prisoner Christopher Bradley spoke of the prison officer bringing drugs into the prison for the inmates as well as how the mass escape was pulled off. It is an explosive video in which the prisoner was made to say that he was giving the statement of his free will. Police Commissioner Chester Williams spoke on the leaked video saying that he is giving absolutely no value to that statement or the recording.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I don’t even know if I am supposed to address that despicable video. From an investigative standpoint that video has no credence. How will you ask a man who you may have guns pointed at him, severely under duress, if he is giving an interview voluntarily? I don’t know but we are not going to give any credence to that video and again these are things that the media need to be very careful of. Oftentimes members of the security forces leak things to the media that is not for public consumption and the media recognizes that it is not for public consumption but yet they put it out in the public. For what ? I think we need to do better and I can tell you that the video was not taken by police. We are however looking at it from a National Security standpoint to get to the bottom of it because what transpired there was very unprofessional, unethical and should be condemned to its fullest.“
Prison CEO Virgilio Murillo also spoke on the contents of the leaked video saying that he is not surprised at the assertion that prison officers had colluded with the inmates. Murillo added that such an action is not unique; rather, he says it is common in prisons around the world.
Virgilio Murillo, CEO, Kolbe Foundation: “I don’t know why people would find that strange. That just goes to show how ignorant people are when it comes to prisons because in prisons these things are rampant. If anybody would Google and go to the internet and see what all happens in prisons I keep saying prisons are a microcosm of society. In other words it’s a little society. Everything that happens in a society can possibly happen in a prison. The controls, the systems, the procedures, the policies, the laws you could put them in but there will always be your employees and the prisoners themselves who would collude, who would circumvent, whatever you want to call it but unethical behavior in prisons in essence is nothing strange. It happens in the world over. I was reading an article just I think a couple months ago where the director of a particular prison they call them, this is in America, they call them wardens he’s the one that runs the prison he was involved in collecting monies getting monies dumped into his bank account from prisoners for favors I guess and for I guess it’s just the nature of the beast but all of those things hinges on a person’s values and their morals because it all boils down to your values and your morals. It’s what you see yourself as that will determine if you’re gonna behave unethically or ethically.”
The video is just under two minutes. Like we said, it contains statements that make you go hmm. The question and concern for many have to do with the possible consequences for Bradley. Both Commissioner Williams and CEO Murillo spoke on this angle.
Virgilio Murillo, CEO, Kolbe Foundation: “Definitely that could have an effect on him not on the part of the guards because that is not how the prison operates, we don’t hold grudges and my guys would not hold any grudges. Similarly the media had released the video with the prison officer on the night when they had that hostage taking turned escape and those things – this is where the media needs to be smart and sensitive because what they do they put the lives of these people in jeopardy. I don’t know that they screen things or they analyze things or they think about the ramifications these things can have for the people in the videos and those kinds of things. It is sad and I think the media needs to get smart about these things.”
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Well I don’t think it puts his life at risk and the fact that I’m saying here now that from an investigative standpoint we’re not giving any credence to that video and having explained the circumstances under which it was given. Prison is a place where human rights to some extent is still upheld and so I do not anticipate that the prison officers are going to take offence to what has been said in that video and if it is that they do and they do something to harm that individual or to take his life then they are going to be in the position he is in now and they should know that.”
Reporter: I was speaking specifically of inmates sir and that culture in the prison not particularly of the guards any at all.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Well I don’t know if he said much about inmates. What I saw in the video was more in terms of indicting prison officers so I don’t foresee inmates having an issue with it.”