BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A cell block attendant has been indicted on a charge of willful deprivation of rights under color of law resulting in bodily injury.
On May 19, officials say that Shaun Porter, 37, was being escorted to the cell block area of the Buffalo Police headquarters around 10 p.m.
Police had Porter’s hands in handcuffs behind his back as they walked him. While in the fingerprint and mug shot room, Porter was met by Matthew Jaskula, 26, and another cell block attendant.
While he was still handcuffed, Porter was instructed to face a wall Prosecutors say that within seconds, Jaskula grabbed and shoved Porter face-first into a door, causing it to fly open.
After striking the door, officials say Porter fell face-first to the ground, his face striking a shelf on the way down.
Prosecutors say Porter became limp and unresponsive at this point. It is alleged that Jaskula then dragged Porter, who was profusely bleeding, down a hallway and into an open cell between 10 and 15 feet away.
Officials say Porter’s head hit the door frame on the way into the cell, causing a pool of blood to spill from Porter.
After this, officials say Jaskula took Porter to a room for non-compliant prisoners, where he was left in a restraint chair for around one hour and 45 minutes without medical attention. Prosecutors say Jaskula’s actions were captured on video using the cell block’s recording system.
During this time, Jaskula told lieutenants that a prisoner had a bloody nose, making them think that Porter had one when he was brought in by officers. One of the lieutenants suggested that Porter go to ECMC, but Jaskula told him that his nose was not bleeding anymore and that he did not want medical treatment.
Later in the night, prosecutors say Porter complained about chest pains, leading officials to take him to ECMC, where he was treated for multiple fractures and a laceration on his face.
If convicted of the charge against him, Jaskula could spend a maximum time of 10 years in prison and possibly a $250,000 fine.