An inmate suffering from PTSD and mental illness is suing multiple NDOC employees and medical staff for civil rights violations. He filed multiple grievances while at High Desert Correctional Facility in 2017 and alleges NDOC employees and medical staff retaliated against him by slamming his head into a gate, threatening to cut off his penis with scissors if he files more grievances, and threatening to write him up so many times he would never leave the “hole”. He was allegedly put in solitary confinement for minor issues for 28 days with no mental stimulation despite his known history of mental illness and suicide attempts. During that time, his mental conditions worsened and he alleges NDOC refused him mental health treatment. He suffered a mental health crisis and attempted suicide during that time. As a result, he filed a 1983 law suit asserting first amendment violations, sexual harassment, and deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. The sexual harassment claim was dismissed with prejudice. In addition, he alleges violations of the 14th Amendment due process because he claims the NDOC staff actively interfered with his ability to participate in his legal meetings by not allowing him to bring his legal documents into the meeting with his attorney or removing his shackles for the meetings. He would like representation in this matter through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Hearings(s): Calendar Call on 5/31/2022 at 9:00 AM in LV Courtroom 6C; Jury Trial on 6/6/2022 at 9:00 AM in LV Courtroom 6C.
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