CHARLESTON – A former inmate of Mount Olive Correctional Center alleges correctional officers used excessive force when he declined to lie in a cell with a urine-covered floor and sustained a concussion.
Ronald Brown filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Correctional Officers Skyler Santiago, Thomas Phillips, Allan, Brian Penick and Johnnie Wilson alleging assault and battery and other counts.
The suit states that the plaintiff was an inmate at Mount Olive Correction Center on June 25, 2018, when the defendants told the plaintiff to lie down in a cell that was covered in urine.
The plaintiff alleges he asked to be cuffed instead and told the defendants why he didn't want to lay on the ground because of the urine. He alleges the defendants proceeded to force him to the ground by assaulting him and struck him numerous times.
The plaintiff alleges he sustained bruising, lacerations, abrasions, a broken finger, concussion and injury to his back as a result of the defendants' actions. The suit states the plaintiff was transported to the hospital because of his injuries.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants used inappropriate conduct and excessive force.
The plaintiff is seeking a trial by jury, all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Paul M. Stroebel of Stroebel & Johnson PLLC in Charleston.
The case has been assigned to Judge Joanna Tabit.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-481