A federal jury in Trenton found that Monmouth County Corrections Officers did not violate the civil rights of, nor use excessive force in subduing a 22 year old inmate in 2010, according to a report at app.com. The jury found that Monmouth County and the Correctional Institution was no liable in the July29, 2010 death of Amit Bornstein, a Marlboro man who had been arrested earlier that day on contempt of court charges for failure to appear in court on burglary and drug charges.
The civil case was decided by the jury in a matter of hours following a two and one half week trial.
Bornstein’s death, which occurred after he became violent and had to be subdued by corrections officers twice after they would not allow him the use of a cell phone, was ruled the result of heart failure by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office found there was no criminal wrong doing in 2011, following an investigation into the incident.
The Monmouth County’s Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cynthia Scott said, “After reviewing the facts and all the testimony of the case it was clear that the officers involved acted appropriately. While our thoughts remain with the Bornstein family on their loss, Mr. Bornstein’s actions and medical condition are what led to his unfortunate death.”