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$5,000 Settlement for D.C. Prisoner’s Stabbing, Failure to Protect

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $5,000 to settle the negligence claim of Octavious Clark for injuries suffered from a stabbing by another prisoner.

While at D.C.’s Jail on September 7, 1998, Clark was attacked by another prisoner while watching a football game on television. His attacker, using a store-bought knife, cut him twice in the throat. A cut six inches long required 14 staples and a three inch cut required four staples.

Due to blood loss, Clark suffered brain damage; severe permanent scarring, severe nerve and muscle damage to his neck, chest, hands and other body parts. The complaint alleged failure to control contraband, inadequate staff, improper training, and failure to supervise staff and prisoners.

Clark accepted settlement on February 2, 2000. He was represented by Washington D.C. Attorney Harry T. Spikes. See: Clark v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 98-8061.

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