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CHARLESTON — A woman is suing West Virginia Regional Jail, the Correctional Facility Authority and three correctional officers over alleged abuse, assault, battery and excessive force.

Courtney Claypool filed a complaint on Feb. 28, in the Kanawha Circuit Court against the defendants, including Cpl. William McCune and Correctional Officers Michael Conley and Darius Cox, alleging that they breached their duties of good faith and fair dealing.

The plaintiff alleges in the complaint that she has suffered mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, physical injury and loss of dignity due to the defendants' unlawful conduct on March 15, 2015. The defendants allegedly used verbal threats of violence, improperly restrained the plaintiff, wrongfully smashed the plaintiff's face into the floor, and continued to assault and batter Claypool while she was in a restraint chair at the jail.

The plaintiff holds West Virginia Regional Jail, Correctional Facility Authority, and the three officers responsible because the defendants allegedly violated jail policy and escalated the booking process, the complaint said. The defendants also used unreasonable and excessive force in carrying out their duties, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in her favor, compensatory, punitive and general damages, attorney's fees, costs and damages for dental expenses. She is represented by Paul M. Stroebel of Stroebel & Johnson PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 17-c-294

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Charleston, WV 25301

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