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$273,000 Settlement for Gassing

A hallucinating diabetic was sprayed in the face with a chemical spray called "Freeze + P." after he had been arrested and tried to escape. The spray contains tear gas and a red pepper derivative. After being held in the Montgomery County, Alabama, jail for a week he was transferred to a hospital and treated for a left eye infection, dehydration, renal failure and diabetes. He lost the left eye and had been blind in the other eye since birth.

He filed suit in federal court claiming that the use of the chemical spray was unreasonable and that he received inadequate water and medical care while in jail custody. The sheriff was sued for not developing adequate medical care and screening policies. Before the case came to trial a $273,00 settlement was reached with the county paying $145,000 and the spray maker paying $128,000. See: Goodman v. Montgomery County, US District Court, M.D. Alabama, No. CV-92H-1170-N (May, 1993), reported in 37 ATLA L. Reporter 56 (March, 1994).

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