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Tennessee Jail Agrees to Pay $5,000 for Withholding Prisoner’s Leg

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a prisoner under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Jerry Ray Brock was extradited from Columbus, Georgia to Tennessee to begin service of a Tennessee conviction. During intake at the Davidson County Jail, jail officials took Brock’s prosthetic leg from him and placed it in storage. On the day Brock was scheduled to be transferred to state prison to begin serving his sentence, jail officials refused to let Brock take his prosthetic leg with him. Brock suffered pain and medical complications from sores and blisters from being forced to walk with crutches because he did not have his leg.

Brock sued Davidson County. After a local newspaper, the Tennessean, ran a story about his lawsuit, Davidson County agreed to settle the case for $5,000. Brock’s attorney, David Raybin, said Brock “promised he would use the money in an appropriate fashion to live a good life and learn from this.” Raybin represented Brock without charge. “I figured that was the reasonable thing to do,” Raybin said. See: Brock v. Davidson County Sheriff Department Officer, Case No. C-2713 (Circuit Court of Davidson County).

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Brock v. Davidson County Sheriff Department Officer,

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