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D.C. Agrees to Pay $40,000 to Settle Excessive Force & Inadequate Medical Care Claims

On September 23, 2002, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $40,000 to a man who was assaulted by guards at the D.C. Central Detention Facility.

Mark Franklin, unaware of protocol used for moving prisoners between places, refused to be shackled by guards. Franklin was then maced by guards. Franklin was taken to medical, but on his way back, several guards punched and kicked Franklin, resulting in two broken ribs. Franklin’s escort back to his cell was videotaped up until the assault. The guards turned the camera back on after the assault.

Franklin sought medical treatment for his injuries, but one of the guards involved was also in charge of his unit and refused Franklin medical attention. Two weeks later, Franklin’s injuries were discovered after an x-ray revealed his broken ribs.

Franklin sued claiming negligence, excessive force, and a variety of constitutional and common law torts. The District settled for $40,000. Franklin was represented by John Fatherree of Alexandra, Virginia.

See: Franklin v. District of Columbia, et al. (D.C. Sup. Ct.). Case No. 2002 CA 004123,

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