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$19,500 Settlement in D.C. Student’s False Arrest, Imprisonment Lawsuit from Jail Visit

The District of Columbia paid $19,500 to settle the lawsuit of minor Carolyn Clark for false arrest and imprisonment.

On April 9, 2001, W. Bruce Evans Middle School took several female children, ages 13 to 15, on a tour of the D.C. Jail. Upon arrival at the jail, the students, including Clark, were subject to a pat down while male adult prisoners yelled “fresh meat” at them.

Clark’s friend, Tamara Harris, was placed in a cell with an adult female prisoner who told her “when I get finished, I’ll turn you out,” which is a crude reference to rape. The girls were crying and afraid.

The complaint alleged assault, battery, negligence, negligent hiring and supervision, emotional distress, false arrest and imprisonment.

Teressa Clark, Carolyn’s mother, accepted settlement on January 3, 2003. She was represented by Washington D.C. firm Cohen & Cohen. See: Clark v. District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, Case No. cv-01553.

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Clark v. District of Columbia