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Suit filed on behalf of Allegheny County jail inmate |

Suit filed on behalf of Allegheny County jail inmate

The Tribune-Review
| Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:00 p.m

The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a former Allegheny County Jail inmate who claims a guard attacked him.

Robert Pamplin says in the lawsuit that he was being transferred on March 13, 2008, when he asked a guard about some missing property. The guard slammed him into a wall and then to the floor, causing an open wound on his head, the lawsuit states. Another guard witnessed the attack and helped the first guard carry Pamplin to a cell instead of the jail’s medical unit, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit against the two guards and the jail warden claims the administration has failed to discipline guards who attack inmates. Pamplin is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. A county spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment.

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