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$4,000 Settlement for Arkansas Prisoner Pepper Sprayed by Guards

The Arkansas Department of Correction (ADOC) has paid $4,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a prisoner who was pepper sprayed three times by guards.

While confined at the Varner Supermax Unit in 2005, Eric Winston was repeatedly pepper sprayed. The guards claimed that Winston refused to vacate his cell. ADOC policy allows guards to pepper spray a prisoner if he threatens bodily harm to himself or other prisoners, refuses to produce an item or refuses to vacate.

ADOC spokeswoman Dina Tyler said prison officials were not admitting wrongdoing, but an investigation found that in two of the incidents cited by Winston it was questionable whether the guards had followed ADOC policy. Consequently, the case settled in January 2011.

Winston, who had been paroled in August 2010, was represented by attorneys from the Little Rock law firm of Williams & Anderson, PLC. See: Winston v. Evans, U.S.D.C. (E.D. Ark.), Case No. 5:08-cv-00204-JMM.

Source: Northwest Arkansas Times

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Winston v. Evans