A female inmate who requested medical assistance inside a facility near Orlando was instead beaten “within an inch of death” by male guards, a lawsuit filed this week alleges, in what her attorney is describing to Fox News as the “worst case of prison abuse in Florida I’ve ever seen.”
The complaint filed in district court Tuesday accuses the Florida Department of Corrections and four John Does of leaving Cheryl Weimar paralyzed as a result of the “serious and life-threatening injuries, including a broken neck,” that she suffered in an Aug. 21 attack inside the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala.
“She is going to need lifelong care, around-the-clock care for the rest of her life,” said Ryan Andrews, an attorney whose firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of Cheryl and her husband, Karl.
“It was one of the most sad meetings with a client I ever had – she couldn’t talk… I had to write the alphabet out so she could nod and wink and tell me what to do,” he told Fox News. “It’s the worst case of prison abuse in Florida I’ve ever seen.”
Weimar has been incarcerated since 2016 and the guards were aware of her history of physical and mental disabilities, the lawsuit says.
The 51-year-old was arrested after she slashed her ex-boyfriend with a knife and resisted arrest. She was sentenced to six years and is scheduled to leave the prison system in early 2021.
On Aug. 21, Weimar was asked to clean a toilet at the Lowell facility as part of a work detail — but a pre-existing hip condition that caused her pain rendered her unable to do so, according to the lawsuit.
She allegedly requested and was denied a “reasonable accommodation for her physical disability in connection with her prison work assignment” and “a confrontation ensued.”
“Under FDC policy and procedure, prison officials should have called medical personnel to intervene once Plaintiff Cheryl Weimar declared an inmate medical emergency,” the lawsuit says. “The more Plaintiff Cheryl Weimar complained of her physical condition, the more angry, aggressive, and violent the John Doe Defendants became. “
Eventually the guards snapped, according to the lawsuit.
“One or more of the John Doe Defendants slammed Plaintiff Cheryl Weimar to the ground” and “while down, they brutally beat her with blows to her head, neck, and back,” it continues. “At least one John Doe Defendant elbowed Plaintiff Cheryl Weimar in the back of her neck, causing her to suffer a broken neck.”
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SOURCE: Fox News – Greg Norman