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Metro May Settle With Inmate Assaulted In Jail Cell

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The violent assault on an inmate could cost the Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County more than half a million dollars.

Curtis Dressman, age 23, was arrested and held in the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center.

He was placed in a soundproof cell with Jamie Lopez. After just eight minutes, Dressman required medical attention after being violently assaulted by Lopez.

According to legal analysis, Dressman's injuries required a 10-day stay at a local hospital, along with multiple surgeries. He sued Metro and a lieutenant with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office.

The Metro Council will vote July 2 whether to pay the $530,000 settlement.

Since the incident, the Sheriff's Office has adopted new policies to increase safety in its jail cells.

"We take inmate on inmate assaults seriously and after a thorough review, operational changes were made to decrease the likelihood of another similar incident happening," Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said in a statement.

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