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Ombudsman urges against use of restraints

DES MOINES (KWWL) - Iowa Ombudsman Bill Angrick is again calling for changes in the use of restraint devices in the state's jails.

He criticized the use of restraints in a report issued last year. He renewed his call following a federal jury's verdict against Scott County last week.

The jury ruled in favor of Lillian Slater, who was restrained for seven hours in 2006 while suffering a painful flare-up of sickle cell anemia.

The jury decided correction officers used excessive force and faulted the county for improper training. Slater's attorney, Arthur Loevy, says the case was unusual since it held the county partly responsible.

Angrick says it was a "good verdict" because it spoke to the need for training and documentation. He says it underscores that a restraint is not for punishment.

Online Anchor:  Bob Waters

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