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Alabama Inmate Claims Correction Officers Tortured Him with Snake

July 31, 2015  | 

File photo of Burmese python. This is not the snake that was reportedly involved in the incident.
File photo of Burmese python. This is not the snake that was reportedly involved in the incident.

A former inmate of the Dale County (Ala.) Jail claims two correctional officers used a snake to torture him.

Trawick Redding Jr., of Ozark, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Dale County, Sheriff Wally Olson, two correctional officers and other jail staff.

He claims correctional officers used a "deadly and venomous snake as a means of torture, assault of inmate, cruel and unusual punishment" while he was in jail two years ago.

"We think this is a very serious matter that should be dealt with," Redding's attorney Martin Weinberg told "This was not just a garden snake that somebody just found on the ground walking into the jail or the woods by the jail. This was something that was planned out as a means to control, torture and harass the inmates."

According to the lawsuit, Redding claims Glenn brought a yellow Burmese python described as being 6 to 7 feet long into the jail. Despite the claims in the suit, Burmese pythons are not venomous.

Comments (3)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 8/1/2015 10:23 AM

From what information I have read about them, Burmese Pythons are bad tempered and will bite if disturbed. There is no question that one that size could kill a man. Like the late Steve irwin said once that the snakes have awesome power when constricting.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/1/2015 2:37 PM

I hate to tell the news media but this picture is not of a Burmese Python, it is of a Yellow Anaconda. more powerful yet than the Python.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/3/2015 3:29 PM

My apologies, this is a yellow Python. I thought from the shape of the head that it was an Anaconda but after further research I was wrong. This snake would make quick work of those prisoners if it was hungry or aggravated.

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