MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A former member of the medical staff at the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth has sued the county over an alleged 2016 incident.

A correctional officer attacked the medical technician and claimed it was an impromptu training exercise.

Natalina Slaughter said in a lawsuit she had recently started working at the jail when the officer, James Burhans, lunged at her and began strangling her in an isolated corridor of the jail.

She says she feared for her life during the attack.

Eventually, Burhans released her from his grip. Slaughter filed the lawsuit in federal court this week.


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