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Kansas Jail Excessive Force Death Case Settled for $125,000

A Kansas man’s estate was paid $125,000 to settle a suit related to his death.

Mr. Tolon, father of two minor children, was confined in the Johnson County Jail. He “was handcuffed with hands behind his back and then his legs were cuffed and drawn up and attached to his wrist cuffs.” He was “placed face down in his cell.” Guards “applied pressure” to his “chest and legs until he lost consciousness, he was then picked up and taken down a flight of stairs and was then dropped on his head,” causing his death.

Tolon’s estate sued in state court, alleging Tolon died of asphyxia and Defendants negligently administered abusive treatment, and failed to properly train and supervise employees. In Janaury, 1995, defendants paid $125,000 to settle the case before trial. See: Estate of Tolon v. The Bd. Of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Johnson County Superior Court, Case No. 95-2001-GTV (1996 WL 934230).

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Related legal case

Estate of Tolon v. The Bd. Of County Commissioners of Johnson County