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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Inmate alleges beating

County deputy warden says man was combative and covered with cocoa butter.

Terrie Morgan-Besecker
Times Leader

Guards approached the cell and discovered Gerber had barricaded himself and his cellmate in by flipping a mattress over and tying a sheet at ground level across the cell – a tactic inmates use to trip guards, Hyder said. Gerber, who was dressed in underwear, also had smeared his body with coca butter – a skin lotion similar to petroleum jelly - to make himself slippery so guards could not grab him.


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