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NY Mentally Jail Ill Prisoner Beaten By Guard Wins $500,000

Plaintiff, a 33-year-old mentally ill man identified only as Donovan, was
repeatedly beaten by a guard named Gemelli at the prison in Nassau County,
New York. His ribs and one vertebra were broken. He sued Gemelli and Nassau
County in federal district court, claiming the county failed to supervise,
train, and discipline Gemelli.

Donovan prevailed and was awarded $500,000 by a jury in 1999. The Nassau
county jail has been the ongoing source of numerous successful civil rights
claims by prisoners and staff, especially regarding failure to protect and
excessive force claims. See: Donovan v. Nassau County, US DC ED NY, Case No

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Donovan v. Nassau County