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$2,000 Settlement Reached over Washington Guards' Neglect of Prisoner's Leg Injury

A $2,000 settlement was reached in an Eighth Amendment complaint against prison guards and medical staff in the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC).

On June 29, 2001, Chorner Brown, a prisoner housed at Stafford Creek Correctional Center, had surgery to reattach his Achilles tendon in his right leg. After surgery, he was placed in a cast, given crutches, and instructed by the doctor not to bear any weight on his right leg. On July 8, 2011, nine days after the surgery, Brown was handcuffed behind his back and forced to walk approximately 600 yards without crutches. Brown explained to Sgt. C. Cox, Sgt. Jose Porras, C.O. William Schauss and custody unit supervisor Beuner that he was in extreme pain and was not supposed to be walking without crutches. As he was moving up a flight of stairs, Sgt. Cox pulled Brown backward and allowed him to fall down the stairs. After being placed in his cell and complaining of severe pain in his neck, back, and leg; he was not given anything for pain and not properly examined by Susan Neal, R.N.

After exhausting administrative remedies, Brown filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 raising Eighth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment violation of cruel and unusual punishment and inhumane treatment and deliberate indifference, naming WDOC and Cox, Porras, Schauss, and Neal as Defendants. Settlement was reached in March 24, 2004, awarding Brown $2,000 for damages. See: Brown v. Porras, USDC, WD Washington, Case No.: C02-5474 FDB.

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