A new twist on Bible thumpers


Tonington
#1
Minnesota jail guard suspended after allegedly thumping inmate with a Bible

Published: Friday, April 13, 2007 | 11:26 AM ET

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A jail guard has been suspended after allegedly thumping an inmate with a Bible.
James Lee Sheppard, 56, has been charged with two gross misdemeanors for allegedly swatting a Blue Earth County Jail inmate with the book, grabbing him by the throat and slamming him against steel bars on Feb. 8, according to the criminal complaint.

A video shows a guard entering the cell of inmate Jeremy Hansen, 26. The guard then takes Hansen's Bible and strikes him in the side of the face with the book. The two exchange words as the guard walks away, said Mankato Police Officer Allen Schmidt who watched the video.

The rest of the confrontation was not captured on video because of an object obstructing the camera. But the complaint states that Sheppard walked back toward Hansen, grabbed him and pushed him into the cell bars.

Dennis McCoy, Blue Earth County administrator, said Sheppard was the first to report the confrontation. "He knew he violated policy and, to his credit, he turned himself in," McCoy said.

Sheppard declined to comment to The Associated Press. He referred calls to St. Paul attorney Brent LaSalle, who said Thursday that he had not been retained by Sheppard and so couldn't speak on the guard's behalf.

Sheppard, who was not jailed, is on leave pending further investigation. He is scheduled to appear in Brown County court April 26 on charges of mistreatment of an inmate and misconduct by a public officer.
 
tracy
#2
Nice!!! That is hilarious to me... Jesus loves us all... the Bible says so.... WACK!
 
DurkaDurka
#3
That's a novel way to beat on someone. The jail really should be more open to beating inmates with other holy books as well though.
 
Tonington
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurkaView Post

That's a novel way to beat on someone. The jail really should be more open to beating inmates with other holy books as well though.

Lol, good one!
 
Zan
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by tracyView Post

Nice!!! That is hilarious to me... Jesus loves us all... the Bible says so.... WACK!

LOL Love hurts.
 
L Gilbert
#6
I always thought those would make reasonable deadly weapons sometime.
 
DurkaDurka
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

I always thought those would make reasonable deadly weapons sometime.

I wonder if a bible would be considered a blunt weapon?
 
L Gilbert
#8
You ever read any of it? If you have, I can't see how you'd think of it as being blunt. lol
 
DurkaDurka
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

You ever read any of it? If you have, I can't see how you'd think of it as being blunt. lol

I might have used some of the pages to roll a blunt...
 
selfactivated
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurkaView Post

I might have used some of the pages to roll a blunt...

*giggle* *shakin head*
 
lysyfacet
#11
yeh i think people are misunderstanding what exactly the bible is. Personally its just a book like anyother, but whats inside is what makes it different, and from when it was written. But the physical appearance is just a book, so this person who hit the inmate in the face with it, isn't such a big deal it was done with a "bible". Definitely could be charged with assualt, good question tho if its considered a weapon, well would any book be?
just kinda how i see it
 
karrie
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

I always thought those would make reasonable deadly weapons sometime.

My aunt used to get 'ganlgion' in her wrists, which would get quite large and impeded her usage of her hands. Uncle would have to get out the bible, and yes, hit her with it (doctor prescribed I might add), to break them.
I've always known they had more uses than the conventional ones. lol.
 
selfactivated
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

My aunt used to get 'ganlgion' in her wrists, which would get quite large and impeded her usage of her hands. Uncle would have to get out the bible, and yes, hit her with it (doctor prescribed I might add), to break them.
I've always known they had more uses than the conventional ones. lol.


Mama had the same affliction and it sounds like the same doctor!
 
lysyfacet
#14
well i guess we can see that certain things can be used for certain purposes that u'd never think of. The "bible" being one.
I find it amusing how books/literature, can be used for something as beating on someone or some other form of use, and i thought literature was boring ...guess not
 
L Gilbert
#15
Also good as a stepstool, too.

Um, being hauled off to bed by the ear here. Nite-all.
 
lysyfacet
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Also good as a stepstool, too.

Um, being hauled off to bed by the ear here. Nite-all.

goodnight...we'll see you tomorrow. I think i'll be going pretty soon myself, before the others wake to my loud typing .
 
selfactivated
#17
Maybe they used the bible so it was a blessed healing LOL
 
lysyfacet
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by selfactivatedView Post

Maybe they used the bible so it was a blessed healing LOL

maybe
 

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