2 inmates sue over fatal riot at federal prison

August 31, 2009
DENVER (AP) — Two inmates who were wounded in a riot that killed two other inmates in Florence have filed a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Bureau of Prisons used excessive force in firing 400 to 500 rounds to quell the disturbance.

A bureau spokeswoman declined to comment.

Prisoners Richard Steele and Edward Eviey filed their lawsuit last month in U.S. District Court in Denver. Steele was shot in the foot and Eviey was struck in the face by a shell fragment as prison staff responded to a riot April 20, 2008, that started as white-supremacist inmates taunted black inmates.

The lawsuit says Steele and Eviey were injured even though they were 200 yards from the disturbance and after they followed instructions to lie down with their hands on their heads.

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