Amputee inmate sues Indiana jail over injuries

Jail Cell
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An amputee is suing a central Indiana jail that he says placed him in an upper bunk from which he fell and was injured when he damaged his prosthetic leg.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the federal lawsuit against the Tippecanoe County sheriff on Thursday. County jails in Indiana are administered by the local sheriff’s department.

The lawsuit that Anthony Overla developed a MRSA infection after part of the prosthetic leg pierced his stump. The suit also states that the upper bunk didn’t have a ladder, forcing him to jump down.

The lawsuit cites violations of state law and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department in Lafayette didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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