Homeless man sues Richland County jail for beating

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A homeless man is suing Richland County over a jailhouse beating earlier this year.

The State newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/14f0erP ) Friday that Robert Sweeper III wants money to cover his medical bills.

Sweeper was arrested Feb. 7 for trespassing at the University of South Carolina and was in the jail when he was attacked. He spent two months in the hospital.

Attorney Dick Harpootlian represents Sweeper. He says the FBI is investigating the beating and why it took four days to get his client to a hospital.

Thirty-seven-year-old Robin Smith was arrested last month and charged with aggravated assault and battery. County officials also fired Smith, and at least a half-dozen other guards are facing disciplinary charges for not telling officials about the beating.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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