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Tased in handcuffs: Former inmate sues Dougherty Sheriff

The Dougherty Co. Jail (Source WALB) The Dougherty Co. Jail (Source WALB)
Phoebe Putney (Source: WALB) Phoebe Putney (Source: WALB)
Pinkins' Attorney James Finkelstein (Source WALB) Pinkins' Attorney James Finkelstein (Source WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A lawsuit seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Dougherty County Sheriff has been filed, charging that his deputy Tased a handcuffed inmate twice.

The suit claims the inmate declined to have his blood taken,  because of religious beliefs.

The lawsuit claims that March 8, 2016 Victor Pinkins, in jail because of a civil child support complaint, was ordered taken to Phoebe Putney hospital for a psychological evaluation. 

The suit claims Pinkins objected to the blood test on religious grounds, and was tasered into submission by Deputy Steven Kyles.   

Pinkins' Attorney James Finkelstein said "When I first got this case, my jaw just kind of dropped. It shocked my conscience. I felt a law enforcement officer should not be allowed basically to assault somebody, to force them to submit to basically a battery on their person."

The lawsuit asks for at least $200,000 in general and punitive damages, and an injunction to make sure no other inmates are treated in the same way.

Dougherty County Attorney Spencer Lee said the lawsuit has been sent to a third party administrator for their insurance carrier, to assign an attorney.

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