Lawsuit filed against Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Vallario dismissed |

Lawsuit filed against Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Vallario dismissed

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – A federal lawsuit filed against the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Lou Vallario was dismissed on July 13.

The lawsuit filed by former inmate Adam Burke was dismissed in Federal court by Judge Babcock, according to a press release sent out by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Burke filed a lawsuit in January 2007 claiming he was subjected to inappropriately long hours in a restraint chair after being shot with pellets that release a chemical similar to pepper spray.

Burke alleged that while incarcerated in the Garfield County Jail, his constitutional rights as an inmate were violated.

Judge Babcock dismissed the claim citing Burke did not exhaust all of his available legal remedies before filing a federal suit, a requirement for these types of allegations.

Sheriff Vallario said this case is yet another example of how these frivolous lawsuits are appropriately dismissed in the federal courts.

“We will continue to fight these ridiculous cases and prevail in each and every one,” Vallario said in the press release.

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