Corrections officials suspended one staff member Thursday after the confrontation with the inmate.
“Force was necessary in the incident as the inmate was combative and aggressive,” Tecumseh prison Warden Brad Hansen said in a written statement released by the department. “We are looking into whether the level of force used was appropriate.”
Corrections says it determined an investigation into the incident was necessary, after reviewing the reports and video. The review led to the second suspension.
An incident is under review, according to Corrections. It also has been referred to the Nebraska State Patrol for investigation.
“Our team members are trained in the appropriate use of force and expected to use the least amount of force necessary to gain or maintain control,” Diane Sabatka-Rine, NDCS Chief of Operations, said in a written statement. “Corrections staff members must be measured in their use of force and must demonstrate integrity in their use of control tactics. Any misuse of authority is not acceptable.”