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DOCCS employee charged with violating the constitutional rights of incarcerated man

Nov 07, 2021 5:45 am

Diane Pineiro-Zucker is reporting for the Daily Freeman a state corrections officer has been charged with violating the constitutional rights of a person incarcerated at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in southern Dutchess County, federal prosecutors said November 5. Aaron Finn, of Hyde Park, was charged in a federal indictment with “deprivation of civil rights under color of law” for an incident alleged to have happened in March 2020. According to the indictment, Finn struck the man who was in DOCCS (Department of Corrections and Community Supervision) custody multiple times and “thrashed” the man's body and head while he was restrained. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement that Finn “willfully used excessive force amounting to cruel and unusual punishment against a restrained [person]….” Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said, “...Today’s indictment underscores that incarceration should not result in undue loss of human dignity. Unfair and illegal abuses to those serving their debt to society cannot, and will not, be tolerated by this office.” Finn faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He resigned from DOCCS in February 2021. Read more in the Daily Freeman.