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Cell Extraction of Missouri Prisoner Resulting in Facial Injuries Nets $20,000

A Missouri prisoner who sustained facial injuries during a cell extraction was awarded $20,000.

A five-man movement team entered Mr. Davis-El’s cell to search it. Davis-El was placed facedown on the concrete floor and a guard punched him, causing facial lacerations, contusions and ultimately, scarring. He also suffered emotional distress.

Davis-El sued in federal court, alleging excessive force. He claimed the prison Superintendent had received prior warnings about the guard’s excessive force, but failed to investigate or take any corrective action. Defendants denied the incident occurred, but in February, 1996, a jury ruled in favor of Davis-El, awarding him compensatory damages of $10,000 and $10,000 in punitive damages, totaling $20,000. See: Davis-El v. Delo, USDC, ED MO, Case No. 4:92-CV-2339(1996 WL 314385).

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Davis-El v. Delo