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Inmate Says Jail|Ignored Him After Stabbing

NEW ORLEANS (CN) - A prisoner sued the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, saying it failed to protect him from attacks by other inmates, and after one, ignored him for two days as he bled in a holding cell.

Kavar Lucas says both attacks occurred while he was incarcerated at the Orleans Parish Prison's Conchetta facility in late 2013.

The first incident occurred on Oct. 15, 2014. Lucas says he passed out following the assault, and was taken to the hospital where he was underwent an X-ray and an ultrasound, was treated for wound, and given pain medication.

Once sent back to the prison he was put in a holding cell because "officers stated they had nowhere else to place him," Lucas says.

"While in said cell, he was left unattended, and his wound continued to bleed for two days," he adds.

Lucas says he was stilling ailing from the first attack when he got into a verbal altercation with another inmate. During the row the other inmate produced a sharp object.

"Mr. Lucas then ran off the tier, and called for the deputy, with no response. Meanwhile, the other inmate followed Mr. Lucas, and stabbed him three times in the head, and four times in the back," the complaint says.

Lucas says in each case the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office had a duty to protect him.

He seeks $1 million in compensatory punitive, general and special damages, for civil rights violations and a claim of being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Lucas is represented by Tony Dooley of New Orleans.

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