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Ex-inmate sues Wapello County


DES MOINES (AP)--A former inmate at the Wapello County jail is suing over alleged use of force while strapped in a restraint chair.

John Lynch, of Ottumwa, was arrested for public intoxication in 2007.

The Des Moines Register in a copyright story on Friday says Lynch claims in a federal lawsuit that jailers violated his civil rights. It names jail officer Jeremy McDowell, Wapello County Sheriff Don Kirkendall and the county.

Lynch's attorney, Brandon Brown, says McDowell hit his client. He also says Lynch was forced to stay in the chair for prolonged periods without appropriate supervision

The state ombudsman's office in a report in February found Wapello County and four others failed to follow state law and other standards for the chairs.

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