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Vegas Jailers Accused of Brutality

LAS VEGAS (CN) - A former inmate at the Clark County Detention Center demands $3 million in damages, saying prison guards threw a flash grenade into his cell that detonated and severely burned his upper body.

In his federal lawsuit, Sergio Ramirez says the grenade detonated as he lay shirtless on the cell floor, as ordered. He claims guards then strapped him to a restraint chair and hooded him with a spit mask, though he did not resist orders and posed no threat to officers.

Ramirez says guards then left him in isolation for four days, causing his wounds to fester and "ooze green pus."

Ramirez is represented by Brent Bryson, who also represented O.J. Simpson's co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart, during last year's armed robbery and kidnapping trial.

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