July 1, 2021
Italy has suspended 52 prison guards after video footage showed officers beating inmates with batons, slapping and kicking them at a jail near Naples.
The prison surveillance video was posted by the news website Domani. The guards were responding to a protest by inmates alarmed by the spread of coronavirus, during Italy’s first lockdown in April last year.
The government is now investigating the guards’ brutality at Santa Maria Capua Vetere prison, just north of Naples.