Man suffering from Tourette’s alleges Savannah deputies beat him for fun
2:49 pm, July 18th, 2012
Courthouse News Service reports today that a man with Tourette’s Syndrome alleges in a lawsuit that Chatham County Sheriff’s deputies denied him medical treatment and then kept him tied to a chair for hours, beating and kicking him and laughing at his reactions.
Charles Ray, 34, sued Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence in Chatham County State Court, Courthouse News reported. The suit alleges that Ray told deputies when they arrested him on a drug charge in 2010 not to send him through a metal detector because it would deactivate his deep brain stimulation device that treated his disease. They sent him through anyway, deactivating the device and leaving him with no way to control his symptoms, which include uncontrollable tics and outbursts.
Ray, represented by Julian Toporek and Richard Darden, is seeking damages for negligence and infliction of emotional distress. Courthouse News reported that a sheriff’s spokesman said, ”The lawsuit is under review by our legal department and the internal affairs unit.”
Here’s the CN link: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/07/18/48480.htm