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Eye Loss from Guard Assault Nets $162,500 For DC Prisoner

A District of Columbia (DC) prisoner who lost an eye when a guard beat him, was awarded $162,500.

Mr. Quander, a 39-year-old black prisoner was beaten with a radio by a Hispanic prison guard. Quander's left eye was damaged so badly it had to be removed. It was later discovered that Quander was blind in that eye before the assault.

Quander sued in state court, claiming the guard had a history of assaulting prisoners and fighting with other guards. He asserted prison officials knew of the guard's dangerous tendencies but negligently hired him to work with prisoners. Defendants denied liability, arguing Quander was not truthful and that the guard was acting in self-defense. In February, 1996, a jury ruled for Quander, awarding him $162,500. Quander was represented by David Greene of Rockville, Maryland. See: Quander v. District of Columbia, DC Super. Ct. Case No. 94CA11130, (1996 WL 882503 and 1996 WL 33370290).

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Quander v. District of Columbia