ELYRIA — A former Lorain County Jail inmate who allegedly was beaten by a guard has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the county, Sheriff Phil Stammitti and the now-fired corrections officer, Marlon Taylor.
Jordan Sand’s lawsuit, filed Friday in county Common Pleas Court, accuses Taylor of assault and battery for the July 29, 2012, incident. It accuses Stammitti of failing to properly train and supervise Taylor.
The lawsuit also said that after the beating, Sand was placed in solitary confinement for two weeks and not given treatment for his injuries.
Taylor initially was charged with misdemeanor assault in the case, but that charge was dropped at the request of federal prosecutors, who are pursuing their own investigation into Taylor.
On the morning of the incident, Taylor and another jail worker were distributing medication to inmates when Sand, who was serving out a juvenile sentence on theft, breaking and entering and drug charges, refused to take his antidepressants.
Taylor ordered Sand to gather up his possessions because he was taking him to “the hole.”
When the men got through a security door, Taylor slammed Sand up against the glass of a security control room. After that the two men walked a short distance and exchanged words before Taylor lunged at Sand, forcing him back against a wall and a bench, a security video shows.
The video shows Taylor repeatedly striking Sand, who fell to the ground and curled into the fetal position as Taylor continued to hit him.
Other guards arrived about 30 seconds after Taylor first hit Sand.
Taylor told investigators that Sand told him he was close to fighting him and was holding a closed fist at his side. While Sand acknowledged he was talking back to Taylor, he denied threatening or intimidating the veteran corrections officer.
Stammitti fired Taylor after an administrative investigation determined he had violated numerous policies, including giving false information during an investigation, unbecoming conduct, physically mistreating an inmate and not following regulations.
Jack Bradley, Taylor’s lawyer, previously has said his client was following proper procedure and defending himself from an aggressive inmate.
Sand is currently on probation in an unrelated robbery case.
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