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$1,750 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Assault Resulting in Brain Damage Suit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $1,750 to settle the negligence suit filed by prisoner David Ambrose for injuries sustained in an assault by two other prisoners.

While in front of the guard’s control bubble near the gymnasium of the D.C. Jail on October 18, 1993, Ambrose was assaulted by two prisoners. They hit him in the face and head with a steel pipe from a mop wringer and their fists. Ambrose was beaten unconscious.

As a result of the assault, the complaint alleged, he received brain damage, lost two teeth, and sustained impaired vision in his left eye that requires him to wear medically prescribed eyeglasses.

The negligence claim was based on a failure to control contraband, have provisions for tool and weapon control, to control prisoner movement, to properly train and supervise staff, and to properly classify prisoners.

Ambrose settled the claim on April 17, 1996. He was represented by Washington D.C. Attorney Harry T. Spikes. See: Ambrose v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 94-12427.

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Ambrose v. District of Columbia