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$12,500 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Assault by Guards Lawsuit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $12,500 to settle the cruel and unusual punishment lawsuit of prisoner John Lee, Jr.

While incarcerated the D.C. Jail segregation until on February 2, 2001 Lee was handcuffed and escorted to the infirmary by Cpl. Richardson at 9:30 a.m. A short time later, Lee was escorted back to his cell still wearing handcuffs. After repeated requests to the day shift officers to remove the handcuffs were denied, Lee waited until the next shift. At about 4:30 p.m., Cpl. Raymond was making his round and Lee requested to see a supervisor. Cpl. Raymond called several other officers to assist him and when the cell door opened, the officers assaulted Lee, causing him injury and bodily harm.

His complaint alleged cruel and unusual punishment and use of excessive force.

Lee accepted settlement on July 8, 2003 acting pro se. See: Lee v. District of Columbia, U.S.D.C. District of Columbia, Case No. 01-cv-01851.

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Lee v. District of Columbia