Inmate claims he was denied leukemia treatment, seeks millions from Becker County

Inmate claims he was denied leukemia treatment, seeks millions from Becker County Click to Enlarge

Photo: Kyle Rusness (Becker Co. jail)

A former Becker County jail inmate claims his civil rights were violated when he was denied medical attention for leukemia.

An attorney for 35-year-old Kyle Rusness of Detroit Lakes filed a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against Becker County and eight employees, including Sheriff Todd Glander.

According to a 14-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Rusness was "near death" when he was taken to a hospital after spending 2-1/2 weeks in the jail. Court documents say Rusness was suffering from "life threatening anemia" and bleeding into his brain and both eyes.

In the complaint, attorney Oliver Nelson of Minneapolis, says the county showed "deliberate and inhumane indifference" to his client's condition. He's asking for at least $3 million.

Rusness had been in custody in connection with a burglary charge between Jan. 17, 2015 and Feb. 3, 2015.

Becker County Attorney Brian McDonald wasn't available for immediate comment.


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