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Monday January 31, 2011

Two Jail Inmates Sue GA Sheriff for $5 Million for Being Left Naked for 12 Hours

Two Jail Inmates Sue GA Sheriff for $5 Million for Being Left Naked for 12 Hours

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Two jail inmates are suing the Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood and six of his staff, for being kept naked for 12 hours in the cellblock.

“It was a physical strain with the coldness, the shaking and shivering,” David Bennett told The Dalton Daily Citizen. “It was complete humiliation.”

The two inmates were made to disrobe ,spread a cream on their naked bodies and remain that way for 12 hours.

David Bennett and Jesus Gallardo have filed a suit seeking $5 million dollars in damages for violating their civil rights.

Capt. Wesley Lynch, who runs the jail, said the two jail employees have been disciplined.

“There was an outbreak of body lice in one of the cell blocks, and everything in the cell block had to be decontaminated,” he said. “The application of the ointment was to kill the scabies. Lice become embedded in the skin, and covering the skin with that lotion kills them.”