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Bethel Park, PA

#1 Oct 13, 2011
Inmate's suit alleges excessive force by guards
Saturday, October 08, 2011
By Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A lawsuit filed Friday claimed that an Allegheny County Jail inmate, after he surrendered following an escape attempt, was brutally beaten by as many as eight guards led by one of the lock-up's top officials, Maj. James M. Donis.

"Donis put on leather gloves and stated,'I'm your worst nightmare,' " according to the complaint filed on behalf of Gary W. Barbour, 29. "He then began striking [Mr. Barbour] in the face."

Mr. Donis, 49, of Shaler, said he could not comment.

"I'm frankly surprised that Donis would be [accused of being] engaged in this sort of activity," said Marion Damick, the Pittsburgh representative of the Pennsylvania Prison Society. An advocate for prisoners, she said the major has always been helpful.

Other county officials declined comment on the lawsuit, part of a yearlong string of accusations of brutality at the jail.

Mr. Barbour, of Mount Pleasant in Washington County, was in jail awaiting trial for drug possession when he tried to escape through the vents on April 6, 2010.

When he was captured, he lay down and said, "I'm not resisting," according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court by attorney Ronald D. Barber.

Guards from a specialized response team led by Maj. Donis "forced [Mr. Barbour] to his knees," it said. Then Maj. Donis began striking him.

Unnamed corrections officers then "took turns punching [Mr. Barbour] in the face, landing at least 40 punches, and ultimately breaking [his] nose," it said.

He was then handcuffed, punched repeatedly again and kicked in the groin from behind, it said. One guard, "knowing that the group had reached a blind spot in the [jail's] video surveillance system, struck [Mr. Barbour] in the face with his knee, using such force that [he] momentarily lost consciousness."

He was thrown onto a medical gurney, and his clothes were torn and cut off so boot prints, marks, blood and feces would not be visible to hospital personnel, it said. He was dressed in a fresh uniform and taken to UPMC Mercy, without a paramedic present, it said.

After a hospital visit, Mr. Barbour was placed in psychological observation for a month, "solely for the purpose of restricting his access to writing implements necessary for completing a formal written complaint," it said.

Naming the county and Maj. Donis, and indicating that eight unnamed guards were also involved, the complaint claimed excessive force, cruel and unusual punishment, assault and battery.

A year ago, former inmate David Kipp alleged that a jail corrections officer broke his nose, leading to criminal charges against two guards. Last month, Erie resident Gregory G. Brown, through family, alleged that a guard broke a bone in his face with a hit from behind.

"Since I've gotten involved with Gary, I have become aware, as we've said in the complaint, that there have been a number of these -- too many," Mr. Barber said. "This just has to stop."

He said the county can be held liable if it's shown "that there is a pattern, policy or practice of allowing this kind of violence, of not taking appropriate steps to prevent this kind of violence."

Mr. Barbour is at State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh completing a 15- to 30-month sentence for criminal escape. Mr. Barber said a federal prosecutor recently met with him.

The FBI is probing the jail.

Maj. Donis, who has also operated a business called J&J Security Systems, is among the jail's highest-ranking officers. He continues to work at the jail, a county spokeswoman said.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11281/1180629-...
code blue

London, UK

#2 Oct 13, 2011
was this john donis's son?
WOW!
I also heard he stole some security cameras from the jail supply room a while back and put them in Mulligans bar & grill..........I guess the serial numbers can confirm that, they got other stuff on him too.
So what

West Mifflin, PA

#3 Oct 13, 2011
???? What is your point?
West Africa

New Castle, PA

#5 Oct 13, 2011
Nick told me that Dead Donis was a liar and a theif. They just used him to get to fat ass Risha. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
West Africa

New Castle, PA

#6 Oct 13, 2011
code blue wrote:
was this john donis's son?
WOW!
I also heard he stole some security cameras from the jail supply room a while back and put them in Mulligans bar & grill..........I guess the serial numbers can confirm that, they got other stuff on him too.
There is more to come on this whole family. Nick told me don't be surprised if we have a few less of them on the West Mifflin School payroll too.
bingo mom

Eatonton, GA

#7 Oct 28, 2011
looking for work wrote:
looks like the article made it clear as a bell.
from what i heard he wont have a job there for very long.
and other shady dealings are being investigated as well
we wont hear the last of this guy
The Allegheny County Jail's top guard has been fired, for reasons that were not divulged.

Major of the Guards James Donis "was terminated today," said county spokeswoman Judi McNeil. "We can't discuss specifics, because it's a personnel matter."

Mr. Donis was hired in 1989, she said, and earned $68,631.

Mr. Donis, 49, could not be reached for comment.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court this month accused Mr. Donis of beating former inmate Gary W. Barbour, 29, after he tried to escape through the ventilation system.

The complaint said that Mr. Donis "put on leather gloves and stated,'I'm your worst nightmare,' " before striking Mr. Barbour in the face. The April 6, 2010, incident is believed to be one subject of a federal probe of the jail.

More to come from Mulligan's security cameras, monitors,DVD's,loop tape recording machine,and other recording and camera equipment all with Allegheny County Jail serial numbers on them.

Seems like a inventory of the jail security came up short on tons of stuff at a tune of over 80K worth of security equipment.
This is what I overheard at a local bingo hall last month even before it made the PPG.

Looks like the owners of Mulligans knew this was stolen property, that's what I heard.( thus the 'special' deal of installation and the 'discount' of the equipment.) More to come !!!

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11301/1185809-...
bar hopper

UK

#8 Oct 28, 2011
West Africa wrote:
Nick told me that Dead Donis was a liar and a theif. They just used him to get to fat ass Risha. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
John Donis had nothing to do with the resignation of Risha, the fat man quit cause he lost his vote to a write in, remember?
No one voted Risha out,it was his own choice to resign.
He's in a better plcce now, where ever he is.
get a life

West Mifflin, PA

#9 Oct 28, 2011
You people are so cruel and pathetic.
More Family to Go

Braddock, PA

#10 Oct 29, 2011
one down, more of the leeches in this family to go. He isnt around to protect his family. We need to get anyone related to him off of the public taxpayers payroll!
job opening

Atlanta, GA

#12 Oct 29, 2011
Isnt this james donis guy a brother of janet maha?
nice family I say
Lance

Bethel Park, PA

#13 Oct 29, 2011
Lance is always enjoying the misfortune of others. You should hear him gossip about people at the high school.

Looks like we all get to return the favor....

James Donis sounds like a real scumbag, but I still would like him better than Janet and Lance.
job opening wrote:
Isnt this james donis guy a brother of janet maha?
nice family I say
unknown

Kent, OH

#14 Oct 29, 2011
ItÂ’s pathetic that stuff like this is the biggest of your worries; you all need to grow up.
Agree

Braddock, PA

#15 Oct 29, 2011
Lance wrote:
Lance is always enjoying the misfortune of others. You should hear him gossip about people at the high school.
Looks like we all get to return the favor....
James Donis sounds like a real scumbag, but I still would like him better than Janet and Lance.
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We need to get all the Donis relatives off of school district/boro/county payrolls. The liar went to where other liars go when they die. He was the biggest liar ever on the school board. Glad we have a whole new crew. Not one of these guys lie. Nick Alexandroff is the most honest. He should get President of the School Board as he is a leader and the smartest guy up there.
UR OLD BUDDY

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Oct 29, 2011
JAMES J. DONIS YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A LYING, SELF CENTERED, IGNORANT, ILLITERATE, COWARDLY CREEP. SO NOW YOU GET TO REAP WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN. IF LIFE WAS A FAIRY TALE YOUR WOULD BE PINOCCHIO. BECAUSE OF YOUR STRING PULLING PUPPET MASTER FATHER GAPPETTO AND YOU HIS BIG BROWN NOSED LIAR OF A SON PINOCCHIO. DADDY IS NO LONGER AROUND TO SAVE YOU. AND BY THE LOOKS OF IT FROM ALL OF THE OTHER POSTS AND COMMENTS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY YOU ALL HAVE A HISTORY OF SHADY DEALINGS. SO NOW THAT THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT LOOKS AS IF YOUR GOING TO FIND YOURSELF WITH A SORE REAR END BECAUSE YOUR THE ONE THAT IS GOING TO BE UP THE CREEK WITH NO PADDLE....IT'S CALLED KARMA. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID---WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!!! TIME FOR A DOSE OF YOUR OWN ROTTEN MEDICINE. WONDER HOW YOU WILL ENJOY THAT TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH. OR YOU ACTUALLY COULD BE USED TO THAT TASTE BY NOW.

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DAMES JONIS

Eatonton, GA

#17 Oct 30, 2011
ANOTHER SCUM OFF THE TAXPAYERS PAYROLL. GO OUT AND MAKE A LIVING NOW AND PAY FOR YOUR OWN BENEFITS !!
PLUS THE GUY THAT YOU BEAT UP SUES THE CITY FOR ABOUT 300K.EVEN YOUR CO WORKERS TURNED YOU IN THATS HOW MUCH THEY HATE YOUR GUTS.
WHO'S LAUGHING NOW ???????...
mike ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Oct 30, 2011
Charles Porter, son of Mafia mobster Chuckie Porter, was assigned to the case to make sure James Donis doesn't rat on any Zappala Crime Family members. DA Zappala and Porter were law firm partners before Zappala was given the DA's job nominated by corrupt Allegheny County judges who thought a mobster would be the best choice for a DA.

Donis is now between a rock and a hard place. If he spills his guts on the wrongdoings of deMOBocrats he'll end up in a prison known for being a little rough on former law enforcement officials. Look for him to keep his smouth shut while the Zappala Crime Family wiggles out of another mess.

God Bless America, what's left of it.

Mike Ference
sympathizer

Allison Park, PA

#19 Oct 31, 2011
Jim Donis was a good major of the guard and a friend of the working co's at the jail. They all loved him and are saddened by his sudden termination. He will be hard to replace. There is not another man like Jim Donis! he was loved at the ACJ by all!
Jack Flash

West Mifflin, PA

#20 Oct 31, 2011
The Donis Family is a close net family. They will get though this. People who knock other people do that to make themselves look better. Maybe some of you should walk in their shoes and then see what the story is. John Donis did alot for alot of people. Everyone of you would take advantage of getting jobs for your family if you could. Maybe some of you should get off of your fat butts and do a little work for the people of the boro and then maybe then you can knock them. Everyone has something to say about the politicians, but where are they at helping the citizens. The jobs are thankless, the hours are many, and the family suffers for you being involved in your community. So shut the F up already.
lost cause

London, UK

#21 Oct 31, 2011
Jack Flash wrote:
The Donis Family is a close net family. They will get though this. People who knock other people do that to make themselves look better. Maybe some of you should walk in their shoes and then see what the story is. John Donis did alot for alot of people. Everyone of you would take advantage of getting jobs for your family if you could. Maybe some of you should get off of your fat butts and do a little work for the people of the boro and then maybe then you can knock them. Everyone has something to say about the politicians, but where are they at helping the citizens. The jobs are thankless, the hours are many, and the family suffers for you being involved in your community. So shut the F up already.
Maybe the old man got you a job too,eh? James Donis put the noose around his own neck , he should of known better. The one poster said he was well liked down there, not what I heard.
Interesting Twist

United States

#22 Nov 1, 2011
Charles Porter has been assigned to the case?
Charles Porter is the same attorney that defended Fat Risha's brother on an arson charge. Why would a mob attorney be taking a case on a civil rights/police brutality case????

Is there more to the story???

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