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Muscatine County Sued over Stun Gun Incident

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A lawsuit filed against Muscatine County says the sheriff has violated federal law by denying records and access to employees involved in the repeated use of a stun gun on a woman.

The Des Moines Register says the lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Disability Rights Iowa. The group has federal authority to investigate abuse of people with mental illnesses.

The group wants information about the treatment of 58-year-old Marie Franks on Oct. 7 at the county jail. A video shows that she was shocked four times in eight minutes.

Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren told the newspaper that the lawsuit was a publicity stunt.

Disability Rights Iowa attorney Cyndy Miller says the group is suing "to enforce our access authority to obtain materials we're entitled to under federal law."

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