Inmate claims he suffered emotional and physical injury when falsely placed on suicide watch

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 11, 2019

CHARLESTON — An inmate claims he was injured and caused emotional distress by jail officials who treated him as if he were suicidal.

Mario Pearson filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Captain Thompson, Sgt. Cabell and Cpl. Hicks.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was an inmate at South Central Regional Jail. The suit states the plaintiff was placed on suicide watch, despite claiming to not be suicidal. The plaintiff says he was sprayed with O.C. spray and was placed in a restraint chair for a lengthy period of time.

The defendant is accused of infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Paul Stroebel in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Jennifer Bailey

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-98

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