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FIRST ON KHQ: Delay Of Medication Prompts Federal Lawsuit Against Spokane Co. Jail

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SPOKANE, Wash.- A Spokane man, Robert Lee, filed a lawsuit this week suing Spokane County for unspecified damages stemming from the incarceration of his son in the Spokane County Jail. The lawsuit also names as defendants Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Deten Services Commander for Spokane County John McGrath, Inmate Services Director Daniel Veloski, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy John Propp, and Geiger Corrections Center Nurse Michelle Erdem.

The lawsuit states that Robert Lee's son, Danny Lee, was arrested in December of 2012 for firing a paintball gun at a group of people. He was ordered to spend 6-months behind bars.

On May 1, 2013, Lee entered a guilty plea to third degree assault and was ordered to spend 6-months behind bars at the Spokane County Jail. Danny Lee takes three medications to help manage his psychiatric needs. The lawsuit says that Lee needs the medication and without it he can be harmful to himself and others. Lee's parents contacted the jail in advance of his report date, and were advised to bring whatever necessary medications he took in a sealed bag.

On May 8, Lee was taken to the Spokane County Jail. The lawsuit says that as he was being taken into custody, John Propp refused to accept the sealed medications. The lawsuit says Propp would relay any necessary medications Lee needed and they would be provided to him from medical staff. According to the lawsuit, that never happened.

Despite multiple conversations with jail staff, medical staff, and even Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, the lawsuit states that Danny Lee didn't get any of his medication for nine days. Lee says he finally got two of the three medications he needs. He says he never received all three.

Aside from the assertion that jail staff put Lee, and others, in danger, the lawsuit also states that as a direct result of not getting his medication, Lee suffered anxiety and pervasive fear of withdrawal.

The Lees are seeking unspecified damages in an amount to be "proven at trial". They want to be paid for economic and non-economic damages, for attorney fees, and for other such relief as the court deems just.

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