After the viewing the video several times, and reading some of the comments I have to add my own comments to this thread. I cannot comment from a Deputies point of view from the County Jail environment, but I can comment from a State Penitentiary view,
During the inital start of the video, which I viewed without sound if there was any. I noticed from the beginning the inmate appeared to be behind the Correctional Officer (Not Guard)
When escorting an inmate it is policy in most training academies that the officer escorts the inmate from at least 2-3 steps behind. As evident by the video that was not the case as the attack started from the lower left corner with the Officer standing on the right side.
As the inmate closed the distance, you will notice that the officer's brain began computing what was going on but it didn't hit home untill the first 2 punches landed. This officer in my opinion became complacent, because he broke one of the simplist rules when working behind the wire.
Those initial punches, though powerful were not as powerfull as the following 8-10 punches as the inmate had committed to attacking the Officer, which in turn will cause him (the inmate) to gather additional time on his sentence.
You can see that fear took over as the officer went for his "weapon" which was the can of OC spray right away, not toe to toe action just buckeled and went for the weapon. What some may not have noticed is the position the inmate put himself in (Battle Stance or Posted). His constant manipulating of the officer to maintain facial strikes, and his keeping the officer bent down and or to wall when he pummeled him with some very hard shots just prior to the other officers arriving on scene.
The inmate did that because he felt the officer still posed a threat because he wasn't knocked out, or was hitting his radio while trying to fend off the inmate calling for backup, then he got the OC out and did some sprays. Notice the short spurts from the can, once he (the officer) realized he had the can out and spraying he got one burst in longer the others.
The officer didnt attempt to redirect or "cam" the inmate but stayed directly to his front, allowing the inmate to close the distance with one step "plant himself" and start bombing away.
Several actions by the inmate lead me to believe what occured was ment to happen. In the prison system beat downs such as that are ment to send a message, while "shanking" someone is ment to prove a point. Had that inmate had been armed with a shank that officer would have been a casualty statistic.
As for the training of Officers. Some states have 540 hours worth of training, some states have less, a very very few have more.
Training in the Academy is focused on Laws, Corrections, Counseling "Verbal Judo", Inmate Manipulation, emergency responder techniques, Cell Searches, Weapons, Chemical Agents, and Defensive Tactics (DT).
What alot of officers fail to do is stay in shape, and go over a drill of how and what they will do when a certain situation happens.
That was extremely evident by what was viewed on the tape. Corretional Officers work the MOST dangerous beat of all. When behind the wire, most
officers just walk around with a set of handcuffs, a radio, a set of gloves, and the mighty pen. Thats it.
On the road they have Dogs, PR24's, Handguns, Shotguns, OC Spray, and helicopters etc, and constant radio communication with batteries hooked up to car. In corrections you have motorolas plugged into a battery pack, that get cycled every 8 hours.
I'm not sure if anyone here has every worked in Prison, it's not an easy walk. ALOT of people can't cut the mustard and last 2 weeks.
What impressed me was the shots the officer took without getting knocked out. That guy got a jaw like a rock.