- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man is back in Jefferson County jail - the same facility in which he says authorities mistreated him.

Curtis Hooper received a $325,000 settlement in 2013 after he filed a federal excessive use of force lawsuit against the county, reported The Bend Bulletin (https://bit.ly/1R4MoOh ). He said deputies forced his head onto the ground, forcibly sedated him, chained him to a grate and slammed his hand in a door during a jail stay in late 2010 and early 2011.

The county and others implicated in the lawsuit argued that Hooper had was disruptive and assaulted and threatened deputies.

Hooper, 37, is now faces charges of assaulting Crook County deputies by propelling blood at them, damaging a vehicle and resisting arrest, according to court documents.

He’s awaiting further court proceedings in Crook County Court, but because the jail there is full, Hooper is being held in Jefferson County’s facility again.

Deputy Rob Robbins was involved in the 2010-11 incidents and was fired, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins. Robbins also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in connection to his treatment of Hooper.

After the lawsuit was settled, Adkins told The Bulletin that he was relieved.

Hooper is “a very unpredictable and volatile individual, and I don’t feel like I could lodge him in my jail (anymore),” Adkins said at the time.

Adkins said the jail has installed new surveillance cameras since then. The sheriff also told deputies to wear the department’s body cameras while interacting with Hooper.

“We make sure we have the video camera rolling and we’re doing the best we can,” he said.

Hooper’s attorney, Valerie Wright, declined to comment on the case Thursday.

Crook County Chief Deputy District Attorney Aaron Brenneman also said he could not comment on Hooper’s current case.

Hooper’s next hearing is scheduled for March 29.


Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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