Fog/Mist
31°FFog/MistFull Forecast
Shaw Media Auctions

Peoria man who alleges jail abuse gets $95,000

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 8:00 a.m. CST

PEKIN (AP) — A Peoria man who says he was mistreated at the Tazewell County Jail will receive $95,000 under an out-of-court settlement.

The Pekin Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/ZBp7IS ) the county board approved the payout Wednesday to settle a lawsuit filed by Everett Lewis.

The 47-year-old Lewis alleges he was abused by corrections officers and denied medical treatment while he was an inmate in 2009.

His attorney, Rodney Nordstrum, says the officers dealing with the disruptive inmate knew he was bipolar.

Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston says the case had no merit but that the settlement cost the county less than the legal fees to go to trial.

County Board member John Ackerman voted against the settlement, saying it set a bad precedent to acknowledge wrongdoing while contending no policies were violated.

National video



Reader Poll

Rock Falls is considering a ban on leaf burning. Should the city finally take that step?
Yes. Sterling and Dixon have had bans for years. It’s time for Rock Falls to impose a ban.
No. It would be too great a burden for homeowners to dispose of fallen leaves in other ways.
Not sure
No opinion