Ex-inmate files suit for alleged abuse

Published 1:50 pm Thursday, October 2, 2008

A former inmate of the Lamar County Jail has filed a $3 million lawsuit against the jail, alleging that officials physically tormented him during his 17-day stay at the facility.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg, Yuri Calzadilla said jail officials physically abused him by kicking and hitting him repeatedly.

Calzadilla also alleged that a jail official “pulled (his) head back” while another “officer poured rubbing alcohol into” his eyes.

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According to the complaint, Calzadilla said he was jailed after being arrested by a Lamar County deputy at the Hattiesburg/Purvis city line on November 30.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said he was unaware of the lawsuit.