A Springfield man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Sangamon County jail guards used a Taser and pepper spray on him because he was unresponsive as a result of multiple epileptic seizures.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Illinois Times. Richard Haley claims that jail staff knew or should have known about his condition, since he had had several seizures during his time at the jail, including one that led to him being taken to the hospital.
But he says on March 20th of last year, guards shocked and sprayed him when he was unconscious, then handcuffed him to a bench for the night. It’s the latest of several lawsuits alleging mistreatment of people in custody by sheriff’s department personnel.
Sheriff Neil Williamson told the Illinois Times he was unaware of the complaint.