Stroke, Not Substances

The Alabama Supreme Court upheld rulings in favor of two Montgomery municipal jail employees in a wrongful death suit brought by the administrator of the estate of a woman who was arrested for DUI when she wasn’t under the influence of an intoxicating substance but was suffering from a hemorrhagic stroke. The employees are entitled to state-agent immunity, the court ruled.

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Excessive Force

A federal court in Colorado ruled that a man may pursue most of his claims, including excessive force, failure to intervene and failure to train, against the Board of County Commissioners of Weld County and members of an allegedly “militarized group of deputies.” The man, a college student who was placed in a detox hold but never charged with any crimes and claims he was compliant, says the deputies deployed concussion explosives in his direction and smashed his head and face into the floor causing serious injury.

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Jail Death

The estate of a 36-year-old woman with hypertension who died while in pretrial detention in Covington County Jail may pursue deliberate indifference, failure to train and civil rights claims against several defendants, a federal court in Alabama ruled. The woman had repeatedly asked for medical assistance in the weeks before her death and was only given aspirin.

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