PHILADELPHIA – An individual alleges that the government failed to protect him from being assaulted while he was detained.

John Doe filed a complaint on Nov. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The United States of America alleging negligence, failure to supervise and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was detained at the federal detention center in Philadelphia pending trial and sentencing. The plaintiff alleges that he suffered physical injuries when he was attacked by another inmate and that correctional officers ignored his requests for medical attention. The plaintiff holds the United States of America responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to implement necessary steps in order to prevent other inmates from physically assaulting plaintiff.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant plus interest, court costs and any further relief the court grants. He is represented by Jason Leckerman, Robert E. Haimes and Joanna H. Kunz of Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-05797-CMR

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