Joliet man accuses jail guards of beating him
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org April 17, 2013 9:48PM
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:44AM
Will County jail guards tripped, kicked and beat an inmate last fall after the inmate had trouble removing a tongue piercing, according to a lawsuit filed this week.
Curtis Cooper, of Joliet, claims in the lawsuit that four deputies — Robert Platos, James Patras, Joshua Lane and James Suehla — attacked him in a holding cell Sept. 4, 2012.
A four-count lawsuit Cooper filed Monday seeks more than $200,000.
Cooper was arrested for violating an order of protection. He posted bond and was released from jail the next day.
An incident report by Platos states Cooper was laid on the ground in a cell after refusing to comply with two orders to kneel.
Cooper’s attorney, John Schrock, said a surveillance video shows deputies tripping Cooper as he walked into the cell.
“You look at the video and they tripped him on the way in,” Schrock said. “You can see the trip really clearly on the video. ”
Ken Kaupas, deputy chief of the Will County Sheriff’s Department, declined to comment on the case.