KNOXVILLE, TN (WLAF)- A federal jury has awarded a Michigan man $6 million for injuries he received while at the Campbell County Jail.

In June 2019, Nathan Ling was part of a trio determined by police to be in a stolen vehicle, according to a report at the time. During the traffic stop, police learned Ling had outstanding felony warrants in Michigan. When they attempted to arrest him, Ling fled.

After being caught, Ling appeared to have an injured arm but was medically cleared and sent to the jail, the report said.

Once at the jail, Ling was subjected to an “unprovoked and unnecessary violent use of force” at the hands of Campbell County Deputy Justin Crabtree, the June 2020 federal lawsuit alleged.

He was then “sprayed with a chemical agent” and left alone in a cell for hours, the lawsuit said. Ling didn’t receive medical care until shift change the next morning. At that time, he was airlifted to an area hospital with numerous injuries that included a collapsed lung, court records said. CLICK HERE to read more.

In the filing, Ling asked for $25 million in damages.

On Monday, an eight person federal jury awarded Ling $6 million in damages. The trial lasted two days with the jury deliberating for just over two hours.

The jury determined Campbell County was liable for the damages “for failing to train its staff to intervene to protect jail detainees from abuse by other staff,” the federal judgment order said.

Three of the law enforcement staff named in the filing were also criminally indicted by a Campbell County Grand Jury following the incident at the jail. Deputy Justin Crabtree pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and official oppression. He was sentenced to 91 days in jail and four years probation. Sean Brown, a corrections officer, pleaded guilty to official misconduct and was given judicial diversion. Deputy Dakota Williams saw his charges dismissed. CLICK HERE, HERE , HERE for related stories.


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