- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) - A federal lawsuit alleges that guards in an Ohio juvenile detention center forced inmates into brawls as part of a “fight night” tradition.

The complaint filed Wednesday by four former inmates in the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Juvenile Detention Center in Cleveland says guards organized fights that pitted teenagers against each other for the guards’ amusement and entertainment.

Cleveland.com reports (https://bit.ly/2x8XbVf) the lawsuit names the county, the detention center and 11 guards.


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The complaint alleges the guards violated the inmates’ constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment and inflicted serious physical and emotional harm and distress.

Ryan Miday, a spokesman for the county prosecutor’s office, says the county juvenile court and the county take the allegations seriously and are investigating.



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Information from: cleveland.com, https://www.cleveland.com

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