Monday, January 07, 2013

Furtado v. State Personnel Bd. (Cal. Ct. App. - Jan. 7, 2013)

If you want to work in a prison, you have to be able to beat prisoners with a baton.  Hard.

Which is a nontechnical way of saying that if you can't lift a baton over your head with two hands -- as Bruce Furtado can't (as the result of an automobile accident) -- you cannot be a peace officer in a prison.  The Court of Appeal holds that it's not an "accommodation" to excuse Mr. Furtado from this requirement, but rather would fundamentally change the nature of a peace officer.

You can see why.  Sometimes inmates need to be beaten.  And even if your usual job is filing papers, during a riot, we'll need all the beat-sticks we can muster.