A $2,000,000 settlement for part of the lawsuit was obtained on behalf of our client against the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for unconstitutional use of pepper spray on our client who was suffering from mental health conditions.
Our client had been released from a close supervision unit due to concerns about suicidal ideation. Our client was not provided his psychotropic medications and was unable to follow deputies commands and was pepper sprayed through a food pass window while he was in a locked shower room posing no threat to anyone.
He was then left unattended and he hung himself with his jumpsuit after being left unsupervised after being unlawfully sprayed. He was found 5 minutes later hanging by his jumpsuit and was unresponsive. Our client survived the incident but was left with severe brain damage requiring 24 hour care.