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Lawsuit: Louisville man sent to hospital after beating by Metro Corrections officers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a former Metro Corrections inmate against director Mark Bolton, some of his officers and the city, claiming he was assaulted by the officers while incarcerated last summer.

Isaiah Smith alleges he was assaulted by three officers as he suffered a panic attack after being arrested for the first time and taken to Metro Corrections on June 28, 2016.

Under stress, Smith began to “collapse” in the jail and an officer grabbed him and “slammed” him to the ground, the suit claims. Another officer then placed Smith into a chokehold and he was pinned to the ground.

Smith needed emergency medical treatment at University Hospital after the officers, identified only by last names in the lawsuit, landed “heavy blows to his face,” according to the suit.

Smith suffers blurry vision, back pain and migraines from the alleged attack, the suit claims.

The suit was initially filed in Jefferson Circuit Court in June and moved to U.S. District Court last week. 

Smith had been arrested on charges of assault and tampering. In December, Smith pleaded guilty to an amended charge of assault under extreme emotional disturbance and tampering, according to court records. He was sentenced to diversion, meaning he will avoid jail time if he follows certain conditions and stays out of trouble.

The suit is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial. His attorney, Kevin Pride, is out of the office and not available for comment. 

The city has denied wrongdoing in court records and asked a judge to dismiss the case. A spokesman for Metro Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment.

In May, Metro Government agreed to pay $80,000 to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that a former jail officer sexually assaulted her at the courthouse in 2014 -- after he had sexually harassed 11 of his co-workers and was allowed to keep his job.

Last month, the city paid $35,000 to a woman who alleged she was assaulted by officers and wrongly placed in solitary confinement in Metro Corrections in 2013.

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