Case Number: 2018-005435


In Federal Pro Bono Program

An inmate at High Desert State Prison filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in 2018 against multiple defendants for treatment he allegedly endured as a pretrial detainee in Clark County Detention Center (CCDC). He was booked into CCDC on July 26, 2016 and, at the time of the booking, he needed additional mobility assistance because of a past gunshot injury to the head and arm that caused back pain, knee problems, and the use of a cane and knee braces on occasion. Initially, he was given additional assistance and the option of a wheelchair, but then the booking officer allegedly yelled at him for not moving fast enough. The officer allegedly stood between his legs and yelled at him, and he could not rise without assistance to put on his pants as ordered. He asked for assistance and the officer allegedly grabbed him by the neck in a chokehold and tried to pull him to his feet. He heard a loud pop and instant pain in his spine. He yelled and started crying and, after 5-7 seconds, the officer dropped him. He told him he did not deserve the treatment he was receiving and the officer allegedly grabbed his wrist and bent it back, then put another arm around his neck. He lost consciousness and claimed he could not breath or hear. He was eventually escorted to a holding cell but was not seen by a doctor for over a month. He had a pro bono attorney until July 2022 when the attorney had to withdraw because of a conflict. As a result, this individual is in need of an attorney to assist him through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

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