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File photo of prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for the state of North Carolina say prison guards acted appropriately in altercations with handcuffed inmates that left several with broken bones and one confined to a wheelchair.

The state filed multiple motions this week seeking dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of eight inmates who say they were abused while in solitary confinement at Central Prison. The state’s filings do not specifically dispute that physical injuries were suffered by inmates who were restrained, but contend that prison personnel used “minimal force” applied “in a good faith effort to maintain or restore discipline.”

The state also says 11 new video cameras have been installed to cover spots in the unit where the inmates say the beatings occurred. The prison’s warden was promoted after the suit was filed.

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