February 24, 2013
Inmate suing over jailhouse beatingOfficers watched fight, even after man was stabbed near the eye
By James Turner, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG -- A prisoner who was viciously attacked and gravely injured by Bloodz gang members inside Stony Mountain Institution is suing the federal government, alleging in part that correctional officers stood idly by and didn't stop the beating.
Rene Barrios-Lopez, 34, is seeking unspecified financial compensation from the Attorney General of Canada in the attack on him in March 2011.
He's also suing three inmates he was housed with at the time. Two were handed eight-year prison terms for aggravated assault, while another, Jamie Grieves, saw the attempted murder charge against him stayed by the Crown.
Among Barrios-Lopez's several major claims is a belief the government was negligent in operating the prison and failed to have in place management, policies and procedures which would have "reasonably prevented" he and other inmates from assaults.