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Friday, February 25, 2005

Former Inmate Shows Pictures of Alleged Jail Abuse

ByLindy Thackston First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Genevieve Miller says a JSO Corrections officer beat her during booking last March after she was arrested for marijuana possession. Miller's mug shot shows two black eyes and a broken nose.

Just this week, another inmate, John Laughon, was taken to the hospital after a struggle with officers.

Police say he's mentally ill, but Laughon's brother in law, Tony Seara, says he was having a seizure. "There's reports that he's this huge man with superhuman strength, that he attacked these guards and that's why he's in the hospital," said Seara. "He's not that big of a person - maybe 145 pounds."

Laughon has cracked ribs, and a collapsed lung. He remains unconscious at the hospital.


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