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Slayden v. Castro et al (18-CV-62409-JEM) Posted - 02/20/2019

Plaintiff sues defendants, Deputy Castro and Deputy Golden, for unlawful and excessive use of force and failure to prevent harm as violations of the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. On August 7, 2018, both deputies ran into Plaintiff’s cell and attacked him by spraying Plaintiff with pepper spray, pulled him off his bunk, and punched, stomped, kicked, and slapped Plaintiff’s head to the ground. Plaintiff claims that, at some point, the deputies covered the window of the room. The deputies then placed Plaintiff in handcuffs and pulled him out of the room. Plaintiff asserts that he walked out “bloody and bruised.” Plaintiff claims that the deputies say the reason for the assault was that Plaintiff flooded the room with water; but Plaintiff maintains that is a lie. Because of the attack, Plaintiff suffered a number of injuries: cracked teeth, swollen and bloody eyes, a swollen face, a swollen lip, and back pain. The claims as to the unlawful use of force, the failure to prevent harm, punitive damages, and injunctive relief have been permitted to proceed against both defendants. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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