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Sacramento County Settles Prisoner Abuse Suit for $1,000

On September 18, 2006, the County of Sacramento, California settled a lawsuit brought by a prisoner who was allegedly assaulted by the deputy escorting him from court.

George E. Cross, a California state prisoner, was being escorted from court by Deputy Sheriff Richard Wilcox when Wilcox allegedly shoved him into a courtroom door jamb without provocation. The shoving was witnessed by courtroom personnel and attorneys. It occurred because Wilcox incorrectly believed Cross had lied to him about the civilian shoes he was wearing having come from the jail. Later, Wilcox allegedly shoved Cross repeatedly into steel bars in a dressing facility. This was not witnessed.

Cross complained and the judge in his criminal trial made a transcript of Cross and the witnesses' testimony regarding the assaults. Cross filed a civil rights action in federal district court against Sacramento County and Wilcox pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983. The defendants settled the suit for $1,000.00 and the suit was dismissed with prejudice.

See: Cross v. Wilcox, U.S.D.C.-E.D. Cal., No. CIV S-05-0258 FCD EFB P, Claim Against County of Sacramento No. LO 500566

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