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Former Inmate Sues County Jail Staff for Excessive Force

A former jail inmate suing Siskiyou County says he was mistreated on multiple occasions and ended up in the hospital. The Sheriff's Office says they were just doing their jobs.

Posted: Mar 19, 2018 6:35 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2018 9:35 AM

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Cali. — A former Siskiyou County Jail inmate is suing the county. Donny Daman says he was mistreated on multiple occasions and ended up in the hospital. 

The week long trial at the Siskiyou County Superior Court ended today. Daman says his rights were violated when he was beaten by jail staff. Sheriff Lopey says jail staff used appropriate force when Daman put not only himself, but jail staff in danger.

Former inmate Donny Daman served out his jail sentence in Siskiyou County. Daman wrote NewsWatch12 saying he received cruel and unusual punishment, including group beatings by county employees, sometimes resulting in trips to the hospital.

Sheriff Jon Lopey says Daman isn't being truthful, "Our staff over at the jail treats everyone with dignity and respect and they exercise a lot of restraint in a very dangerous and potentially volatile environment."

Lopey says Daman was given an order and didn't comply. When the jail is at capacity, the Sheriff says not following orders is unsafe for jail staff and inmates.

Lopey says, "I'm confident that what we did under the circumstances is very reasonable was very justified and will be vindicated as a result of this trial."

Before the court closed today NewsWatch12 called to ask for the verdict. As of 5PM, the jury was still deliberating. We'll bring you an update tomorrow once the court re-opens to let you know if this former inmate won his case.

BELOW you'll find court records obtained by NewsWatch 12 regarding Daman's case against the County.

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