Settlement reached in beating of mentally ill inmate

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Court records show that taxpayers will be footing the bill for a settlement reached in the beating of a mentally ill inmate by Knox County Sheriff’s Office corrections officers.

News outlets report that a settlement in the civil rights lawsuit against Knox County and five officers in the beating of 54-year-old Louis Flack was announced Monday in a conference with a U.S. magistrate judge.

Flack’s attorney, Lance Baker, didn’t release the settlement amount, but he says Flack and his family are happy with the resolution.

Flack had sought $5 million after filing the lawsuit in U.S. District court late last year. The lawsuit says the officers failed to take into account Flack’s history of mental illness before tackling and punching him in 2014. One officer was later fired, another resigned and two others faced internal discipline.