Inmate sues jailers for ignoring his pleas

Steve Gonzalez Jun. 29, 2005, 6:09am

An inmate in the St. Clair County Jail filed a handwritten suit against prison officials who ignored his many pleas for help and resulted in an assault by another inmate.

Kevin Hill, named to St. Clair County’s 10 most-wanted list until his arrest, claims that on May 15 he pushed the panic button in his cell because his lunch tray was improperly prepared.

According to Hill, "Deputy Clayton" responded and told him that "Sgt. Cook" would talk to him about his meal during his supervisory rounds. But after no response in two hours, Hill pushed the panic button again.

Hill claims that Clayton responded, telling him if he pushed the button again he would take away television from everyone.

After Clayton left the cell block, Hill claims another inmate told him if he rang the panic button again he would “bust his head.” Hill claims he rang the button immediately after the threat was made.

Hill claims that after Sgt. Cook responded and told him that he would get a tray at dinner, he informed Cook that an inmate threatened him, but Cook allegedly just slammed the door.

“The inmate immediately started to beat me down, busting my head and mouth against the wall with such force,” Hill’s complaint states.

Hill claims he was taken to the hospital where he was treated, then had to spend three or four days in the jail infirmary. Hill also claims he was charged with several crimes and placed in the "hole" as a cover up.

Hill is seeking $18,000 for pain and suffering and punitive damages in the amount of $75,000, plus any other monetary damages the court deems fit.

05 L 350 (20th Circuit)

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