ACLU files suit against Tippecanoe Co. sheriff

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TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A man is suing the Tippecanoe County sheriff for what he says was intentional discrimination because of his disability while he was in jail.

Anthony Overla (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
Anthony Overla (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of Anthony Overla, 28. 

Overla’s right leg was amputated below the knee and he uses a prosthetic leg. He says while at the Tippecanoe County jail he was assigned to a top bunk without a ladder and requests to change were denied.

His prosthetic leg was damaged. He says his leg was injured after jumping down from the 6-foot-high bunk. He claims his injuries were untreated, and he got MRSA.

Overla says showers were not equipped for people with disabilities and he fell several times. 

Overla was at the jail for nearly eight months in 2013 after failing to register as a registered sex offender.

He is now being held at the Plainfield Correctional Facility.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown told News 18 he can’t comment on the pending lawsuit, but says he is confident in the staff and procedures at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office.

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