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$2,500 Settles New York Man's Excessive Force Case

by Christopher Zoukis

A New York prisoner held at the Five Points Correctional facility has agreed to accept $2,500 to settle a federal lawsuit in which he alleged violations of his civil rights.

Bryant Wheeler was a prisoner at Five Points between December 10, 2007 and February 3, 2008. During that time, he was isolated in a mental health observation unit. While isolated, Wheeler alleged that prison officials beat him, soaked him in cold water, denied him meals, and denied him access to proper medical care.

Wheeler filed suit in federal court in July 2009. Represented by Amy L. Hemenway of the Buffalo law firm Harter, Secrest and Emery LLP, Wheeler alleged that he was subject to excessive force, a lack of due process, and the denial of medical treatment, all in violation of federal law.

On January 24, 2013, the parties agreed to settle the matter for payment of $2,500 to Wheeler. In exchange, Wheeler dismissed his case.

Case: Wheeler v. Abate, et al., United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Case No. 1:09-cv-00618-LGF (January 24, 2013).


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