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Nisqually jail sued over inmate’s stroke

November 14, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against the Nisqually tribe’s jail by a man who says he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, spent 19 days in custody and suffered a stroke.

The Olympian reports the civil rights lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of Kevin Michael Bell. It seeks unspecified damages, although a previously-filed tort claim in federal court seeks $12 million.

The city of Lacey and Lacey officials also are named as defendants because the city had a contract with the tribe to house misdemeanor offenders in the Nisqually jail from 2014 to 2016.

The suit claims that Bell was booked into the jail in 2016 and that he didn’t receive appropriate medical care.

City of Lacey attorney Dave Schneider said it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on a lawsuit he has yet to see.

The Nisqually tribe didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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