County jail officer convicted of assaulting inmate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Merrimack County jail officer has been convicted of assaulting an inmate two years ago.

Forty-three-year-old Shawn Cunningham was convicted on Monday for shoving the inmate from behind and for knocking him to the ground. He was acquitted on a third charge.

Cunningham did not dispute that he had pushed and wrestled with the inmate, who had been arrested for drunken driving. But Cunningham argued that his actions were justified given the circumstances and the possible risks the inmate posed to Cunningham and another inmate.

A video of the incident was shown repeatedly during the trial. County Attorney Dan St. Hilaire said he thinks the video made the case easy for the jurors to understand.

source: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/N/NH_GUARD_CONVICTED_NHOL-?SITE=RIPRJ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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  1. In a nation wherein “In GOD We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, corruption and wickedness exist on both sides of the badge and the bars. Yet, are they bad men just because they made some bad choices? Do not all of us have A’s and F’s on our moral report cards? As I so stated on my blog, http://www.victoryNchrist.net we can’t fix it IF we can’t face it. I dare anyone who wants to fix their F’s to read that textbook in sex education and then to trust in GOD…and that’s my final answer!

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