ACJ health care agency agrees to settle with former inmate in beating case

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Allegheny County's jail healthcare agency agreed to pay a former inmate $2,500 to settle a case stemming from a 2010 beating and subsequent medical treatment that he received in the lock-up.

The former inmate, David Kipp, claimed that he was beaten by former corrections officer Arii Metz, who has since pleaded guilty to violations of civil rights. Mr. Kipp said that jail doctors and medical administrators kept him from going to the hospital for several days after the incident.

An attorney for Allegheny Correctional Health Services provided the settlement agreement, which was dated Feb. 13, to the Post-Gazette today. The county had denied the newspaper's request for details of the settlement under the state right-to-know law, but the state Office of Open Records ruled on appeal that the agreement is a public document.

The county is in the process of replacing the nonprofit Allegheny Correctional, which was created by the Health Department, with a Tennessee-based for-profit firm, Corizon.

U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry dismissed the county from the case, but Mr. Kipp's attorney has appealed that ruling.

Mr. Metz is scheduled to be sentenced July 25.

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Rich Lord:, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord


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