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 - CITY - SUED FOR DAMAGES. John Allen Accuses...
CITY - SUED FOR DAMAGES. John Allen Accuses Police Surgeon of Jtalpractica. An action to recover 15,000 damages from the city waa - begun lit Superior Court to - day by Brown, Holmes & Brown, as attorneys for John Allen. Al leged malpractice of the polic surgeon. Dr. Wilmer F. Christian, Is mad th basis for tho suit. Allen is a colored man. and was a fireman, stationed at ;1 engine house Now 1 9, Ash and Sixteenth : streets. During the wholesale discharge' of firemen and policemen by th Board ot Safety, recently, he was discharged: for Inefficiency. He claims that his ln - i efficiency waa caused wholly by the! treatment he received at the hands of Dr. Christian. - j On the night - of September 19 his com - ) - nn . .a a Mall A nl I.. IiikImJ the orders of Fir Chief Barrett. Allen! mounted a ladder and waa making Ma way to the third story when the laddett broke. By the fall his right leg and both arms were broken, his face was lacerated and his lips cut. He was un4 conscious for some time, and the city's' surgeon took charge of him. He alleges that by the time he had regained big faculties, enough damage had been done! through negligence and carelessness, to li.Juro him permanently, but before he had an onoort unity to recuperate h was ordered back to his wagon. His feU j low firemen refused to ride behind kin) on Account of his condition, and he was unable properly to perform his duties! Ht charges that the police surgeon was so unskillful and negligent that his face Is permanently disfigured, his arms hav grown - crooked, and that his hands and I fingers ara stiff and useless. - , j A nice question of law will be settled la the case, which will probably be carried to the Supreme Court, Courts have def cllned to make a city liable for the acta of firemen and policemen on the ground that they are not the direct choice of the people. The theory on which Lias action is to be prosecuted is that, on account of the office of police surgeon having been created by the Common Council, and not by the Legislature, be is the direct choice of the people. -

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  1. The Indianapolis News,
  2. 11 Jun 1900, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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