Faulkner County Detention Center staff asked a U.S. judge to dismiss allegations against them in a federal lawsuit filed by an inmate.
Joshua Allen Strickland, 30, was arrested in November for failing to register as a Level 1 sex offender. He is currently being held in the county jail.
Strickland filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock against FCDC Maj. John Randall and Sgts. Scott Huffman and Terry Roper after he was allegedly beaten in his cell by a group of "white [supremacist] inmates."
"I was punched and kicked in the head, face, back, legs and arms by several inmates and knocked unconscious two times before I was able to crawl out of the cell to get help on the intercom," Strickland said in his complaint.
The alleged incident occurred Jan. 29 in cell 212 at FCDC Unit I.
Strickland is asking for $100,000 for compensatory damages and an additional $100,000 for punitive damages.
Randall, Huffman and Roper filed an amended answer to Strickland’s complaint on Sept. 1, stating they "specifically and expressly deny each and every allegation not specifically and expressly admitted."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome Kearney recommended in July that allegations against Randall, Huffman and Roper for failing to respond to Strickland’s grievances and violating jail policies be dismissed. An order had not been signed as of Tuesday to formally dismiss the allegations.
Kearney is giving both parties until March 1 to complete discovery in the case. And dispositive motions must then be filed between March 1 and April 1.
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