Lawsuit: Newaygo Co. deputies used excessive force, denied medical treatment

NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. — Newaygo County is facing a lawsuit that claims sheriff’s deputies used excessive force and denied an inmate medical treatment.

Bernard Stout was arrested in May 2018 after an argument with his girlfriend.  In the lawsuit, Stout claims that while he was being taken to the jail, Deputy Justin Visser stopped and threw Stout to the ground and stomped on his shoulder while he was still handcuffed.

Over the course of the next three months while at the jail, Stout claims he complained about shoulder pain from the incident, but Lt. John Borgman and other jail personnel refused to get him treatment.

The lawsuit claims Stout had a shattered shoulder and ended up needing surgery.

Stout is seeking $75,000 in damages.


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  • Kathy

    Sadly, there is a lot of corruption in Newaygo County. While there are some good guys, the sheriff department has definite problems. From serving subpoenas to young victims at midnight, to perjury. The problem is there is no way to hold them accountable as the current judge and prosecutor are all in bed together and will dismiss such claims.

  • julie

    That shit happens in every jail its very said they treat people like there wild animals in all the county jail. They don’t care about people at all and they think its funny they just laugh Its crazy the way you get treated in the county jail.

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