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Jailer accused of trying to extort fellow officer to testify on his behalf arraigned in court

Idris-Farid Clark appears during his arraignment on Friday.
Posted at 9:28 AM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 09:28:28-04

CLEVELAND — A Cuyahoga County corrections officer, who was previously charged for pepper-spraying a female inmate in a restraint chair in July of last year and now indicted for allegedly attempting to extort and intimidate a fellow corrections officer into testifying on his behalf by claiming he had access to incriminating videos of him from the jail, was arraigned in court on Friday.

Idris-Farid Clark faces two counts of extortion and one count of intimidation for actions that occurred on or about Wednesday, Aug. 21, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

Clark is being held in lieu of a $100,0000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Clark contacted another corrections officer on Aug. 7 and asked to meet up. The other officer's identity was withheld from the complaint for his protection.

Clark told the officer that he had videos that he was receiving from inside the jail that he felt were "not good" or "just as bad as his." Clark told the officer that he needed to "testify on his behalf at his trial to the lack or training we received and how the jail is ran," the complaint states. Clark said that if the officer did not testify on his behalf, Clark would release any videos he had of them.

Clark was previously indicted on April 8 of this year, along with fellow jailer Robert P. Marsh, for interfering with civil rights and unlawful restraint. Clark was charged with felonious assault and Marsh was charged with assault.

The incident leading to those charges happened on July 16, 2018 following the arrest of Chantelle Glass on a misdemeanor warrant out of New Jersey. She was taken into custody by Cleveland police after officers responded to her mother's house when her sister attempted to harm herself, according to a civil rights complaint filed by Glass’ attorneys. While on scene, officers ran a warrant check and arrested Glass. She was transferred to the Cuyahoga County jail and the pepper spray incident was captured on jail surveillance cameras.

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