Lawsuit filed on behalf of prisoner in Augusta State Medical Prison for excessive force

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Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Excessive force may have been used by the department of corrections in the Augusta State Medical Prison.

On July 27, a lawsuit was filed on the behalf of Eugene Griggs, 48, by the Southern Center for Human Rights, alleging Department of Correction's guards used excessive force routinely, and, this practice was ignored by the correction's administration according to a court document.

Griggs, who has Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder in which the nervous system is attacked by immune system, is 6 feet, weighing at 120 pounds, and is one of many prisoners who experienced excessive force according to court documents.

According to court documents, the lawsuit also accuses prisoners a meaningful way for prisoners to seek assistance. Court documents say that grievances are allegedly ignored.

In other incidents, according to the court documents, a prisoner was allegedly beaten by guards inside an elevator in October 2013, and was deemed unsubstantiated.

In a different incident, guards were accused of beating an inmate captured on video in February 2014. Three guards were prosecuted, and all three had probation sentences earlier this year, according to court documents.

Also in the court documents, it alleges Griggs was stunned in the back with a taser while being handcuffed.​

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