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Monday, June 09, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Woman stripped naked in Floyd jail will sue"

Grace Schneider reported in the Louisville Courier Journal Saturday in a long story, with video, that begins:

A 31-year-old New Albany woman says Floyd County jail officers attacked, forcibly stripped her and humiliated her by walking her through the facility partially naked after she was taken into custody following a misdemeanor arrest in March.

The allegations — and jail surveillance video of the incident — were released this week by lawyer Laura Landenwich of Louisville, who recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of another New Albany woman over similar alleged abuses by Floyd County corrections officers.

She said a second federal lawsuit will be filed next week in U.S. District Court in New Albany against Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills and other officials. Landenwich said other former detainees have called to report similar treatment, which she is investigating.

The allegation from March involves Tabitha Storms Gentry, who is accusing Mills and Floyd jailers of violating her constitutional rights for using excessive force, removing her clothes and humiliating her by parading her half naked in front of male officers.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 9, 2014 08:22 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts