Both inmates and detention officers questioned later in DeLong's civil suit remembered him as low-key in the jail maelstrom.

As he tried to stay invisible, DeLong says, he also kept vigilant. He says he saw three or four assaults in D-pod during his month there and observed one inmate exit the bathroom holding teeth that just had been knocked out.

"I wanted to roll up out of there because it was insanity," he tells New Times. "I told the guards it was a madhouse, and they needed to put me someplace else, anyplace. They said, 'You did the crime; just do the time. Get back where you belong.'"

Which DeLong did, until the night he fatefully stepped into D-pod's wicked bathroom.

About 10:30 p.m., DeLong decided to fill up his water jug to make some Kool-Aid from his personal stash. He told an attorney during a 2007 deposition what happened next:

"I remember getting out of bed and going to the bathroom. I walked in there, and the next thing I know, I was getting tapped on the shoulder in the kind of dark in there and the lights out.

"And I turned to my right to see who it was, and I got hit in the eye. And then, like, four or five other guys jumped in on that, and I was beaten and hit and slammed to the floor, and I didn't know what was going on.

"I was screaming for help and fighting to get out of there before any more damage was done to me. I didn't know it was coming . . . My mouth was busted, my teeth were all knocked loose. I had ribs caved in. My knees were raw, no skin, scratches. Just pretty messed up."

He says he recognized the man, Abel Hinojosa, who smacked him in the eye, an inmate with whom he never had communicated in any way.

"I had a direct view of him," DeLong says. "The others rat-packed me. I didn't see them."

Immediately after he escaped from the bathroom, DeLong says, he ran to an emergency buzzer in the pod, and, "I pressed and pressed, but nobody came."

The "bubble," which is where detention officers often sit, was empty, so DeLong retreated to his cot. He grabbed a towel to hold over his destroyed eye.

The pain, he says, was awful.

"Blood was all over me," DeLong says. "I sat there, started passing out, as white as a ghost. Then I got a second wind and was ready to go back and get the guys that did this to me. They all backed off, apologized to me. I was the wrong guy."

Jason Lewis, head of the Woods, says he learned about the attack on DeLong within moments and immediately walked over to address the Chicanos' boss, his equal inside Durango.

In a deposition, Lewis said the other guy avowed that DeLong's beating was "unsanctioned," which meant Hinojosa and the others had made a serious mistake.

Several inmates said later that it took about a half-hour before detention officers responded, during which time emotions inside the pod reached a fever pitch.

The Woods and Chicanos lined up across from each other, hurling insults and threatening to wreak violence on each other.

"It was about to pop," Jason Lewis later recalled, but somehow it didn't.

Finally, the officers unlocked a door and allowed DeLong to leave.

A SWAT team armed with guns and tear gas entered the pod, locked it down, and soon started their routine of "knuckle checks" — observing inmates for signs of blood or bruising.

DeLong penned a short statement at the request of authorities before they transported him to the Maricopa Medical Center.

"The Hispanics in the pod said they made a mistake," he wrote that night. "I was not the intended victim!"

DeLong recalled in his deposition that one detention officer told him at the time, "That's what you get for not ducking."

Another allegedly said, "'You're just trying to get your name in the New Times like every one of you SOBs.' They were very hateful."

Except, DeLong added, for detention officer Raymond Ferreira.

"He was telling me how his wife wanted him to quit," DeLong says. "He held my hand right into the surgery room when they were taking my eye, prayed over me. He was a really nice fellow."

Ferreira is a retired firefighter and U.S. Army veteran. When lawyers in DeLong's lawsuit deposed him, he already had left the Sheriff's Office and was working for the Arizona Department of Education.

But in September 2004, Ferreira was deployed to the county hospital to guard DeLong after the Durango assault. He said he never had spoken to the inmate before that night.

DeLong was "a real easygoing guy," Ferreira told lawyers, who had spoken openly about the attack in the Durango bathroom.

"The bathrooms are a problem from this regard," the ex-detention officer testified. "They don't have any security cameras."

Ferreira said he prayed with DeLong at the hospital that night:

"I mean, we're human just like they're human. As far as I'm concerned, anyone [who] was at Durango, until he went before a judge and was found guilty, was just an inmate that was there. [DeLong] was the wrong tall white guy. Tragic. And it cost him an eye."

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Guest
Guest

Restraint of "official" goverment sanctioned (by action or inaction) violence is a fundamentally conservative and revolutionary concept which way a key to the American Revolution -- it is not a "liberal" thing.

TiredOfMorons
TiredOfMorons

Nice myopic viewpoint. Is everything that simple and black & white in your world? Because here in the real world, not everything works that way.

guest
guest

The only reason they took the cameras out was so you wouldn't see the Constitution being used for toilet paper.

Mary
Mary

SORRY, I'm with the SHERIFF! You should have known what to expect before you acted on the implulse that put you in prison!

Cliffk_ii
Cliffk_ii

crisis??? Really??? They all left and went to Texas. Got anything else you want to scare us with??

TimPinto
TimPinto

Yeah, on the "webb" you say? Sure it's not the "web?" You sympathizers sure are an intelligent lot, aren't you?

Tom
Tom

When Yahoo gets a good liberal propaganda piece they leave it up for weeks. I wonder how long this one will be here.

Shawn
Shawn

News Times turn blind eye to reporting truth of illegal alien crisis in Az.

Shawnusa
Shawnusa

News Times Left Wing lunatics turn blind eye at reporting facts on illegal aliens. The journos have SOLD OUT!

BJ
BJ

Obama just signed an executive order keeping the Fast and Furious documents away from Congress,I guess this will make everyone at the New Times jump for joy !!

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big camper
big camper

Tell me yahoo and new times, are you in each others pocket? I see the same 2 stories on Phoenix news now for more than a week! Who cares? Just because you want to run a sting on MCCS, why do yahoo readers have to see the same old news stories for weeks at a time. Move on, get a life!

Jjbooboo222
Jjbooboo222

Dude.. you do realize these are American Born people.. Not all Latinos are from Mexico.. Typical Racist trash..

Rhonda Mauk
Rhonda Mauk

He keeps getting voted in, because this is what the majority of Az wants!

Stinson
Stinson

"Arpio gets voted in everytime, because most ppl think just like me" Yeah, and they spell like you too, which explains why the average IQ level of people in this state has landed us in a crisis due to horrible leadership and bad elected officials.

JeanRayburn
JeanRayburn

The sheer stupidity of your multiple comments on this article have made it abundantly clear that you're not to be taken seriously.

Rhonda Mauk
Rhonda Mauk

No, I wouldn't. I raised four sons in west phx, unfortunatley, and I new I did a good job teaching them right from wrong and they new, if you get in trouble, then you pay the price, I'll be waiting when you get out, I was lucky, only one was ever in trouble, live by the sword die by the sword, I didn't change my mind then and I don't now, they are all good men today, your just soft and your not part of the solution, your part of the prob. Arpio gets voted in everytime, because most ppl think just like me

Rhonda Mauk
Rhonda Mauk

He gets voted in because the majority of Az. like the job he does!!! Who cares how old he is if he's doing the job the ppl want him to do

PaulRubinsFavoriteDick
PaulRubinsFavoriteDick

Your mistaken Jose.. Its the Chicanos, Mexican Mafia, douchebags who will be doing the fu-kin to you as thier little bitch while you scream for Joe and his Deputies to come save your pathetic ass. Pendejo

azbee
azbee

The jail system here sucks, dui"s are not a killing type, they just made a mistake in there life they still have rights and should be treatred according not like a bunch of commom crimmials those who have commented must be part of the problem, most of the officers are a bunch of jerks making a name for themselves, the system needs to change we are not doing any favors for those being put in jail, instead we should be rehabing them and putting them on the right tract, arizona needs to wise up and revamp there system.

PaulRubinsucksDick
PaulRubinsucksDick

Paul Rubin writes trash filled hyperbolic crap targeted to the loyal fans of this liberal advertising rag. It's not Joe A's fault that the prisons are filled with scum. What exactly did Paul Rubin think that he would find in prison; his relatives? Paul should get off his knees and quit sucking the liberal dick. Grow up you fucking pansy.

Jmac185085
Jmac185085

Why would a criminal feel they have a right to privacy?

Guest
Guest

I really don't get it... If Detention Officers intervene, and stop the shitheads from beating someone down, then they get their mothers go to on local news and wail about how the mean detention officers hurt her poor baby! And they're the bad guys, for stepping in and STOPPING violence.

alehound
alehound

This article saddens me.....

Coz
Coz

Judging from the latest posts, obviously kindergarten is out for the summer.

MrEthiopian
MrEthiopian

Mary your an insensitive bitch, that deserves a bit of payback karma herself. Allen was in prison for a repeat DWI conviction, not a molestation, rape, robbery or any other violent offense, why should a man who has no history of violence be put in a maximum security general population? The state has a responsibility to adequately protect its inmate population, just because people are in jail does not mean the state can mistreat them. This should be more than evident to anyone in the state, given that sheriff Joe has cost the tax payers an additional 50 million dollars in lawsuits judgements, that would never had incurred if Joe was doing his job and standard adequate protection was given like in another state penal system. Your stupid mentality will continue to cost the tax payers of this state potentially hundreds of millions of dollars should the inmates create a multiple party suite.

Conservative American
Conservative American

Most inmates in Arpaio's jails haven't been convicted of anything - they are awaiting trial. If you believe in America, if you love the Constitution, then you must - you simply must - embrace the American right to the presumption of innocence. If you don't, then you are no American. Leave, leave now. We don't need you.

Catcaio
Catcaio

The women's jail at Estrella is no better. When push comes to shove, you take your dirty bed sheet and tie it around your neck and put the other end in the toilet and flush it and just hooe for the best.

 
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