By Jackelyn Barnard
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- First Coast News has obtained documents from an internal police investigation into an inmate injured in the Duval County Jail.
More than a dozen correction officers use of force reports detail the scene at the jail on the day of February 22, 2005.
That is the day that John Laughon went to Shands Hospital. Laughon is now in a persistant vegetative state because of injuries sustained in the incident.
Police say Laughon was attacked and was out of control. Laughon's family claims he had a seizure.
In the documents, obtained by First Coast News, one corrections officer writes that John Laughon was "kicking and violently swinging his arms."
Another wrote that he had to give Laughon "several knee spikes...ordered him to stop resisting...[but] Laughon continued to resist."
A third corrections officer explains how he "struck the inmate repeatedly, with a hammer fist, in the left lower back, buttocks and upper thigh area."
Another wrote how he had "a laceration on [his] face, claw marks on the forearm."
Attorney's for Laughon have repeatedly said something doesn't add up in the this case.
Sean Cronin, Laughon's attorney, told First Coast News two months ago, "JSO, through its sworn statements, is concealing the truth and I don't say that lightly. The physical evidence in this case is inconsistent with the sworn statements of JSO officers."
Shortly after the incident, JSO Chief Steve Weintraub said, "There were no outward signs of visible injuries requiring medical attention, but he was transported to Shands because of his mental health condition."
Hospital records show Laughon came into the hospital with no pulse.
A sworn statement obtained by First Coast News from a registered nurse at the hospital says when Laughon came into the hospital it "looked like he had purple stripes all up and down his back."
Another nurse told investigators how Laughon's bruising on his chest and back "looked like he had been hit with something that would have indicated some kind of trauma to me other than the abrasions that may have been caused from being restrained."
John Laughon is back in the hospital. He went in on Monday.
The city has asked for a gag order in the case, banning Laughon's attorney and family members from talking to the media.
A federal judge is expected to rule on the issue in the coming days.
Created: 10/24/2006 4:52:08 PM
Updated: 10/24/2006 11:50:42 PM
Edited by Jackelyn Barnard, Reporter
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Makes you sick. It is obvious John WAS seizing and the guards were too stupid to realize it. A person having a seizure cannot control their movement, John could not stop moving around. He had no conscience control over what was happening. All these reports, after they originally claimed John had no OUTWARD SIGNS OF INJURY! For the record, John's doctor told mom, John was seizing when he saw him but he had stopped by the time he had the chance to speak to her. This was John's regular neuorologist.