Assaulted Washington Prisoner Paid $2,500 for Injuries
See: Barney v. Airway Heights Corrections Center, Department of General Administration, Division of Risk Management, DRM No. 31056901.
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Barney v. Airway Heights Corrections Center
On June 29, 2004, the state of Washington paid $2,500 to settle with a prisoner who was assaulted by guards at Airway Heights Corrections Center. Prisoner Rockland Barney claimed that on November 11, 2002, a guard was banging on his cell door and he asked him to stop. The guard cussed him and Barney asked for a supervisor. A sergeant and five other guards showed up. They entered the cell, slammed Barney against the wall, then grabbed him by the hair and pushed his face into the wall. Barney was then restrained in handcuffs and strapped to a bed. In his tort claim, filed with the Department of General Administration, Division of Risk Management on March 5, 2003, Barney claimed he suffered a pinched nerve, continuing back pain, extreme paranoia, and nightmares. Barney filed the claim pro se.