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$1,000 Settlement for DC Jail Prisoner Assaulted by Guards, Property Destroyed

The District of Columbia (DC) paid $1,000 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner Gardner Bradley, arising from his assault by guards and the destruction of his property.

The facts underlying the complaint occurred at the DC Jail. The assault claim is based upon events occurring July 31, 2005. On that day, Bradley was escorted from his cell in restraints to receive a haircut. When prisoner who a court had ordered should be separated from Bradley entered the barber area, guard “Robinson” argued with Bradley and forcibly removed him from the area.

Robinson took Bradley to his cell and then yanked him out again, pushing him down a set of stairs. Robinson then violently pushed Bradley into the wall. Guard “Butler” joined in and the two guards repeatedly punched Bradley in the face, Stomach, and ribs, causing numerous contusions, cuts, and a profuse nose bleed.

As Butler was being transported to a federal facility on August 8, 2005, a DC Jail reception guard refused to allow Bradley to take documents and papers with him, including legal papers relevant to Bradley’s criminal appeal and grievances on Jail conditions. The documents were later destroyed.

Bradley accepted settlement on July 30, 2007. He was represented by Washington DC attorney Mary Lou Suller, See: Bradley v. Washington, USDC, District of Columbia, Case No. 1:05-cv-1304.

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