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LaPorte County Jail

LaPorte County Jail

LAPORTE — The county has paid out an unspecified amount of money in settling a federal lawsuit alleging the use of excessive force against an inmate at the jail, according to an Indianapolis-based attorney.

The case was filed on behalf of LaPorte resident Marcin Kulbacki, attorney Scott Barnhart said.

The suit alleged that jail officers violated Kulbacki's constitutional rights when using excessive force against him, Barnhart said.

A video shows Kulbacki walking calmly into the jail without any physical injuries, Barnhart said. A later booking photo shows Kulbacki with significant injuries to his eye and face.

Kulbacki suffered a fracture to his sinus wall, according to Barnhart. Officers acknowledged that Kulbacki was tasered in the jail's shower area, the only area of the facility that does not have surveillance cameras.

Captain Michael Kellems, public information officer with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department, declined comment on the settlement.

Barnhart said the department did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.