By Jack Moran
JULY 4, 2016
The suit links his behavioral change to an adverse reaction to medication that a doctor at a Veterans Administration clinic in Eugene had prescribed to him less than three weeks before the fair began.A Fall Creek man alleges in a civil rights lawsuit that he was wrongly denied necessary psychiatric care for 15 days after being arrested at the Oregon Country Fair and lodged in the Lane County Jail.
Fricano served 17 years in the National Guard and has been an artisan jeweler, according to the lawsuit.
Angelo James Fricano is seeking $3 million in the federal suit. It was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Eugene by attorneys with the Civil Liberties Defense Center, a Eugene nonprofit organization.
The defendants include Lane County and Corizon Health, a private firm that contracted with the county to provide health care to inmates.
Representatives for Corizon and the county declined comment on the suit, which also lists several county and Corizon employees as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, Fricano had no prior criminal record or history of mental health problems when he was arrested on June 29, 2014.
Authorities took him into custody after he allegedly used a baseball bat to menace a fellow vendor at the Oregon Country Fair, an annual gathering held outside Veneta.
Prosecutors dismissed the criminal case in September 2014, court records show.
The lawsuit says Fricano attended the fair as a vendor despite having displayed unusual behavior in the days leading up to the event.
“There is a basic human standard which is desperately lacking in this community, one we aim to influence and correct,” Fricano said in a statement. “The people deserve better.”
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