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D.C. Agrees to Pay $2,700 to Settle FOIA/Civil Rights Claims Over Use of Tear Gas

On August 23, 2004, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $2,700 to a former prisoner at the D.C. Jail in order to settle two suits—one under the Freedom of Information Act (FIOA), and one for civil rights violations.

While at the D.C. Jail in 1992, Bernard Levi alleged that guards released tear gas though the vents in his cellblock. The prisoners in the cellblock were eventually released from their cells, some given medical attention, some not. Levi alleged he was in the later group.

Levi sought records under FOIA about the incident, but never received a response. After Levi filed suit for the records related to the tear gas incident, the District decided to settle all of Levi’s claims for $2,700. Levi represented himself in the case.

See: Levi v. District of Columbia, No. 93-3246, (D.C. Sup. Ct.); 96-2198 (D.C. Sup. Ct.).

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