“Failure to provide safety” – Another inmate sues the Fayette County Detention Center

Lexington, KY–An inmate at the Fayette County Detention Center, Cequan Wilson, 31, has filed a federal lawsuit against the facility, alleging he was injured due to guard negligence and short staffing at the jail.

On the morning of August 27, Wilson alleges that he was working a trustee job in a pod when a guard opened a door and allowed a “max inmate” to enter the room and assault him. Wilson alleges that the inmate who assaulted him was not supposed to be around “anyone,” per FCDC policy. He also says there was only one guard working in the pod at the time, when there is supposed to be two, which he described as a “failure to provide safety” for inmates.

In addition to the guard who allegedly opened the door, a captain who Wilson says witnessed the incident is also named in the lawsuit, as well as a major and the director of the jail, Lisa Farmer.

Lisa Farmer, FCDC Director Photo by Amy Wallot/LFUCG

Wilson says he sustained head trauma in the assault that led to post-concussion syndrome, a disorder that is known to cause headaches, dizziness, and problems with concentration and memory. Wilson says he has seen a nurse, but the facility will not let him see a doctor, and the symptoms are “only getting worse.”

In his request for relief, Wilson asks that the facility be forced to provide “proper safety for inmates and properly train the officers,” so a similar incident does no occur again. He also asks the court to force the jail to provide him with adequate medical treatment.

Wilson is representing himself in the case. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, which oversees FCDC, does not comment on pending litigation. There are at least seven other pending lawsuits against FCDC, according to records obtained by the Times.