ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center has filed a lawsuit against a controversial jail sergeant, alleging the sergeant used an inflammatory spray and a Taser weapon on him when he asked for his antidepressants and breathing medication.
Eric Allen, the sergeant named in the lawsuit, has spent almost all of 2016 on paid administrative leave as a result of a separate incident, in which medical employees said Allen used excessive force against an inmate who was receiving medical treatment in December 2015.
Allen also came under fire when jail video was made pubic in response to a Journal request in which Allen repeatedly used force and inflammatory spray against inmate Suzie Chavez in September 2015. That video made national news when the Journal reported on it in June and led to an emergency meeting by the jail’s oversight board.
During that meeting, Justin Allen, a former inmate, said Eric Allen also had used excessive force against him when he was an inmate at MDC. Justin Allen subsequently filed a lawsuit against Eric Allen, two unnamed jail guards and Tom Swisstack, the former deputy county manager.