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Black Prisoner Jailed With Violent White Supremacist: $40,000 Settlement

Reginald Swisher was a prisoner in the Travis County Jail in Austin, Texas. He was allegedly celled with another prisoner whom jail officials knew was a white supremacist who had assaulted, injured and maimed several other black prisoners and was violent and assaultive toward black prisoners in general.

Swisher filed suit in federal district court alleging violation of his civil rights, negligence and gross negligence. In April 1998, the defendants settled for $40,000. Swisher was represented by Austin Attorney Bobby R. Taylor. See: Swisher v. Fraiser, U.S.D.C. (WD Tex.), Case No. A97-CA-462SS.



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Swisher v. Fraiser