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Alabama Prisoner Assaulted By Guard Awarded $100

On June 11, 2003, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Alabama awarded $100 to a state prisoner who claimed a previous rib injury
was aggravated when he was assaulted by two guards.

Harold Ivory, a state prisoner at the Bibb Correctional Facility, claimed
he was speaking with a female guard on January 1, 2001, when two other
guards--prison sergeants Darryl Falls and Michael Hazley--approached him.
The sergeants pulled Ivory from his cell and placed him in handcuffs. Then,
without provocation, Ivory contends they repeatedly punched him in the
stomach and threw him to the ground. Ivory was subjected to disciplinary
action after the beating and sentenced to three weeks of solitary
confinement and the loss of commissary privileges.

Ivory sued, pro se, seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He claimed
his ribs, which had been injured in a previous auto accident, were
fractured during the assault and that he suffered bruises and contusions.
At trial the guards claimed they used only minimal force.

A jury found for Ivory and awarded him $100 in compensatory damages, but
decided against awarding punitive damages. See: Ivory v. Hazley, USDC ND
AL, Case No. 01-0525.

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