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Lawsuit alleges assault by corrections officers at Lorain County Jail


A North Ridgeville man alleged in a Jan. 25 lawsuit that he was assaulted by Lorain County Jail corrections officers in 2018.

The lawsuit, filed by attorneys David Malik and Sara Gedeon, contends Steven Conley was assaulted Jan. 30, 2018.

According to the suit, while Conley was going through a mental health crisis, Corrections Officers Rubin Ortiz, James Stanley Jason Brunner and Eric Hollis handcuffed him and removed him from his cell. The suit alleges that one of the officers swept his leg to force him on the ground and, while on the ground, two officers thought to be Ortiz and Stanley started punching and kicking him.

He was then forced into a restraint chair to stay there for hours, according to the lawsuit.

“Mr. Conley brings this civil rights action to secure fair compensation and to encourage Lorain County Sheriff’s officers to refrain from the unnecessary, illegal, gratuitous, unreasonable, and excessive use of force against inmates in the future,” read the lawsuit.

Conley, who was sent to the jail over a domestic violence charge Jan. 11, 2018, had a history of mental health issues. The suit acknowledges that he has heard voices in his head and experienced paranoia.

The suit contends that as a result of the assault, he suffered black eyes, bruises and severe damage to his left ear drum that will require future treatment.

The suit says there was video of the incident and that the video contradicts the Sheriff’s Office reporting of it. The suit says the video footage was destroyed.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages for the incident.

Sheriff Phil Stammitti was not available for comment Wednesday.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton
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