Will County jail guards unleashed a brutal beating on a prisoner who couldn't remove his tongue jewelry quickly enough, the man's lawyer said Tuesday.
The former inmate, 35-year-old Curtis Cooper of Joliet, is suing four guards for allegedly attacking him in September.
The guards, all members of the jail's Emergency Response Team, were escorting Cooper to a holding cell when one of them tripped him, the lawsuit said. The guards then "kicked, punched, beat and stomped on (Cooper's) body, including his feet," the suit said.
Cooper's attorney, John Schrock, said the guards misrepresented the incident in an official report.
"The officers that I sued wrote a use of force report in which they said two, maybe three times, they told (Cooper) to get on his knees in a holding cell," Schrock said. "It's a lie, because the video shows the he tripped him."
Cooper was only in the jail from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5 following his arrest on a charge of violating an order of protection.
He pleaded guilty the following month and was sentenced to two years court supervision.
Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas of the Will County Sheriff's Department said he had yet to see the lawsuit and that even if he had, would not comment on pending litigation.
Schrock said that before the alleged beating, the guards grew frustrated with Cooper when he had difficulty removing a stud from his tongue.