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D.C. Prisoner Settles Excessive Force Suit for $6,000

On January 30, 2001, plaintiff Frank Patterson settled for $6,000 a federal lawsuit alleging excessive use of force by a guard employed by the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. The suit, brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Patterson claimed that on January 28, 1999, while imprisoned in the Occoquan Facility in Lorton, VI, he was physically assaulted by DCDOC guard Mobley, who attacked him while he was in restraints. Patterson alleged that Mobley punched him repeatedly and grabbed and pulled on the restraints.

The assault caused Patterson to suffer pain and swelling in his wrist, back, and ankles. It also aggravated a previous back injury sustained when a prison security gate closed on a bus Patterson was being transported in. See: Patterson v. District of Columbia, Sup. Ct. D.C., Case No. 99-1687 (1998).

Patterson requested medical care but was denied. The case settled prior to trial for $6,000.
See: Patterson v. District of Columbia, USDC DC, Case No. 1:99CV01718 (1999).

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Patterson v. District of Columbia