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Ohio Jail Prisoner's Assault-by-Guards Suit Settled for $7,000

A federal civil rights action by an Ohio prisoner alleging multiple jail guards assaulted him without provocation was settled for $7,000 on April 9, 2014.

Kevin Holcomb was incarcerated at the Lucas County jail in Toleo, Ohio on March 26, 2012, when he alleged he was assaulted by several jail guards. Holcomb claims to have been on the phone in his cell when he was approached by a female guard who struck him without provocation, forced him out of his cell and called for backup. He was then allegedly surrounded by several other guards who also assaulted him without provocation. He alleged pain and injuries, the most severe of which was severe, debilitating back pain.

Aided by Toledo attorneys Joanna E. Baron and Owen B. Dunn, Holcolmb filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in federal court alleging violations of his Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Defendants, which included the State of Ohio, Lucas County Sheriff's Office and various John and Jane Doe guards, alleged Lucas caused the confrontation and suffered minimal injuries which were medically treated. The parties agreed to settle the case for $7,000. See: Holcomb v. State of Ohio, U.S.D.C.-N.D.OH, No. 3:13-cv-00627.

Additional source: VerdictSearch Ohio

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