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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Lawsuit Alleges Abuse of Inmate

Lakeland Ledger, FL

Escambia County officials say the lawsuit filed by the family of an inmate who died after being shocked by a Taser is an "absolute misstatement of the facts."

Robert Boggan's family alleged this week that guards maliciously shocked him as punishment for not following orders even though he suffered mental problems. The 65-year-old Pensacola man died Aug. 29 after being in jail for 11 days.

The sheriff's office said Boggan was placed in a restraint chair and given a sedative by Prison Health Services.

The suit, filed Wednesday, alleges that jailers peppersprayed Boggan, stripped him, forced him into a shower and shocked him at least three times after he disobeyed orders.


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