Houston County jail inmate suing for $100,000 after fall

bpurser@macon.comFebruary 18, 2014 

Issac King Jr.

WARNER ROBINS -- A Houston County jail inmate has filed a complaint seeking $100,000 in damages for pain and suffering after a fall.

Issac King Jr., 51, who is jailed on a felony contempt of court charge from Superior Court, filed the complaint Thursday in federal court in Macon against the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. The complaint also names Sheriff Cullen Talton, Chief Deputy Billy Rape, Maj. Alan Everidge, jail administrator, and deputy Alex Lumpkin, a transport officer.

In the complaint he filed on his own behalf, King said he was on crutches with a broken leg when he requested a wheelchair for a Dec. 5, 2013, court appearance. He said he could not walk on his own power because he’d had surgery on his ankle.

King alleges he was forced to walk on his crutches about 100 yards from the jail to the courthouse in belly chains and handcuffs and then fell as he was coming into the courtroom when his handcuff chains became entangled with one of his crutches.

King said he hurt his ribs and face and was taken to Perry Hospital. He contended he overheard a hospital nurse, who is not identified in the complaint, question why he was placed in handcuffs and how he was expected to walk with crutches on a broken leg with belly chains and handcuffed.

King alleges that he still has pain and other medical issues from the fall. He said his civil rights were violated when he was denied a wheelchair.

In addition to damages, King seeks payment of future medical bills and court fees.

County Attorney Mike Long could not be reached for comment. Everidge declined comment. Rape said he could not comment because he has not seen the complaint.

Under the U.S. Constitution, a federal court is required to screen an inmate’s complaint that seeks redress from a government entity and its officers and dismiss those that are frivolous, malicious or fail to state a claim by not providing enough factual material.

King, who is being held without bond, has been in out and of prison from 1983 to 2010, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. King has three convictions in Houston County for the sale and distribution of cocaine in 1994 and a conviction for shoplifting in 2004.

He was arrested Nov. 14 on a Superior Court bench warrant.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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