Suit says Saline jail denied medical help for inmate with colon hanging out | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Suit says Saline jail denied medical help for inmate with colon hanging out

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM

click to enlarge SALINE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER: Another lawsuit over inmate treatment.
  • SALINE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER: Another lawsuit over inmate treatment.
Saline County has been plagued by lawsuits and a variety of allegations about past misbehavior in the sheriff's office and by jailers in treatment of inmates at the county jail. Here's another: A federal lawsuit filed last week says an inmate was denied medical help for four days in 2012 despite a prolapsed colon — which was "literally hanging outside of his body."

According to an account of the lawsuit by Steven David Cook:

Cook alerted his jailers of the condition the same day he was taken into custody, according to the suit, and he showed off his condition to no fewer than four detention center officials, including sheriff’s deputies and a physician.

Officials agreed on site to send Cook to a hospital, according to his account, but their plans were sidelined when Andy Gill, the assistant prosecutor attorney for Saline County, allegedly called the jail and claimed the inmate “could push his rectum inside out ‘at will.’”

“Plaintiff does not know for certain how Gill obtained the information underlying his outlandish allegations,” the complaint reads in part. “Certainly, Gill had no personal knowledge of Cook's body, specifically his colon and/or rectum. In any event, Gill's assertions are and were patently false. Upon information and belief, a healthy colon cannot simply become inverted and protrude outside the human body unless there is some sort of serious medical trauma taking place. More importantly, the allegation that Cook could ‘at will’ cause his colon to prolapse is patently false.”

Courthouse News Service, which reported the lawsuit, said it couldn't get comment from law enforcement officials. Bruce Pennington, who was sheriff then, faces criminal charges from many of the controversies that plagued his time in office. A wrongful death suit over an inmate was tried earlier this year. Another inmate has also sued over abuse.

Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady was reluctant to comment on the specific case. But he said the inmate was well-known to local officials and often used medical conditions in an effort to win release from custody. He said prosecutors are unable to act unilaterally and the inmate, if he'd had a medical condition, could have asked a court for relief. He said he stood by the actions of his deputy.

Tags: , , , ,

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation