There are regulations concerning how an inmate must be transported, and what type of restraints he has to wear. The typical is a black box which limits all your movements by basically tying your hands to your waist and connecting the chains to your feet. Very limited, slow movement only. Some of the institutions even put "shock collars," which is basically a vest under clothes that is connected to a tazer so they can light you up in a second.
There are also undertones of racism because he has Middle Eastern ancestry, although was born and raised in Harlan. People are saying it's "terrorism" but he was flagrantly atheist. Of course, being atheist in Harlan is worse than being Muslim in some minds...
Funny how those allegations about porn are just now appearing. Gotta make sure he looks like a bad guy to the public. Since he's dead, there's no one to defend him and and they don't even have to provide proof.
Anyway - all this to say let's not jump to conclusions based on the police statements. They have their own reasons for trying to make him look like a monster. But also, all of this was on private land. Public forests are safe.