Inmate who represented himself loses jailer abuse lawsuit
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal jury has ruled against a Tennessee inmate who sued three jailers accused of beating him without reason.
The Commercial Appeal reports 26-year-old Derek Rawlings Jr. represented himself at trial last week. He’s serving an eight-year sentence on charges including aggravated robbery and sued the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center jailers in 2014.
Rawlings said a fight between inmates and guards that year resulted in jail officials interviewing inmates to gather gang activity information. He said he was beaten instead of questioned. The jailers’ said Rawlings was the aggressor and hit the ground while being subdued.
Federal court clerk Tom Gould says it’s extremely rare to see an inmate’s lawsuit go to trial without the aid of a lawyer. He says most are dismissed on technicalities.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com