Police Deliberately Left Man in Cell as He Had a Stroke, Now He’s Permanently Paralyzed: Lawsuit


Eva Fedderly | Courthouse News Service

SAVANNAH, Ga. (CN) – An imprisoned man claims in court he suffered a stroke while in jail and the police officers did nothing to help him, causing paralysis.

In a complaint filed in Chatham County Court, Terry Bailey says he was jailed in the county’s detention center on April 17, 2015, and suffered a stroke that evening.

Bailey claims corrections officers “failed to make their scheduled inmate checks” and “therefore neglected to find the Plaintiff in his condition.”

The Sheriff’s Public Affairs Office would not comment on the case.

Sheriff Roy Harris did not return Courthouse News’ call for comment.

“They left him in distress for an extended period of time and failed to secure appropriate and timely medical treatment for Plaintiff,” who showed “obvious signs of paralysis.”

The defendants “acted with deliberate indifference, with willfulness and with malice,” the lawsuit says.

Bailey claims that because he was left untreated, he suffered permanent paralysis.

The defendants are Chatham County, Sheriff Roy Harris, and police officer Richard Fisher.

Bailey claims they violated the 8th Amendment and seeks compensatory damages for his physical, emotional, and special damages.

Chadrick Mance of Savannah represents Bailer and did not respond to a telephone call from Courthouse News requesting comment.

Published by Courthouse News Service.