Commissioners ask DOJ to investigate civil rights at Montgomery County Jail

Montgomery County Jail (WDTN Photo/Fred Taylor)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer has scheduled a press conference to respond to allegations of civil rights violations at the county jail.

Sheriff Plummer will speak to the media at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

A press release says Sheriff Plummer will respond to comments from Montgomery County Commissioners.

Commissioners on Tuesday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate civil rights violations at the Montgomery Jail.

Board President Dan Foley, along with Commissioners Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman, held a news conference Tuesday where Foley said the Board is concerned about the seven pending civil cases involving civil rights violations and misconduct at the jail.

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Foley said the Board met with Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer Tuesday morning and offered to work together to come up with a plan to address these issues, but according to Foley, Sheriff Plummer “declined that path.”

Foley went on to say that while the Board cannot comment on any pending cases or litigation, they believe they have “a responsibility as public servants to let the citizens know the lack of action is unacceptable.”

“We believe the Sheriff has had ample opportunity and time to address these issues,” Foley said. “The County Commissioners are now formally sending a letter requesting the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigate the allegations in the county jail.”

Click the image to read the letter from Montgomery County Commissioners.
Click the image to read the letter from Montgomery County Commissioners.

If you missed the news conference live, you can watch Dan Foley’s full remarks here:

The jail and the Sheriff’s Office have come under fire after racially charged text messages sent by jail staff.

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In 2016, a federal complaint was filed after Amber Swink claimed she was unnecessarily assaulted with pepper spray by deputies in the Montgomery County Jail.

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In 2014, a woman filed a lawsuit after she says she was knocked unconscious by sergeants at the jail.

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