Judge dismisses disruptive Oregon inmate’s lawsuit



PORTLAND (AP) — A juror said he was disappointed that a former inmate’s use of excessive force lawsuit against jail guards was dismissed because the inmate kept interrupting the trial.

Michael Darfler, a Portland resident who was on the jury, noted Chadwick Yancey was smaller than the guards and said he “didn’t deserve to get beat up.” Yancey, who was representing himself, sued the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility and four employees over his treatment in the jail.

But U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman abruptly dismissed Yancey’s lawsuit last week after Yancey repeatedly interrupted the jail guards’ lawyer, argued with the judge and accused court staff of lying. Mosman said he considered Yancey’s case “credible,” but his conduct made it impossible to proceed.

Yancey said Friday that his interruptions stemmed from not understanding the court process.

In opening statements, Yancey said that after he fought with an inmate, deputies took him out of his cell, handcuffed his hands behind his back and had him sit down with a sergeant.

Video from a security camera shows Yancey speaking as his leg twitched under the table. A deputy then approached the inmate, pulled him by his shirt out of the chair and threw him face-first against the concrete wall.

Yancey claimed that deputies pulled him from the camera’s line of sight and continued to beat him.

The attorney representing the jail and the guards said Yancey was out of control that day. The defense attorney said the deputy threw Yancey into the wall as a means to control him, a tactic deputies learn for getting control of inmates.