Published: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 @ 6:22 PM
By: Josh Sweigart, Mark Gokavi, Cory Frolik – Staff Writer
Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer vigorously defended jail employees a day after county commissioners called for a federal investigation because of seven pending lawsuits alleging mistreatment in the county jail.
7 LAWSUITS: A look at each one
“We have murderers, we have rapists, we have gang-bangers in our jail,” Plummer said Wednesday during a press conference. “Our employees have been assaulted, they have been spit on, they have had urine and feces thrown on them. They do an excellent job managing this difficult population.”
Plummer listed 11 organizations that have given their accreditation to the Montgomery County Jail, including the Ohio Bureau of Adult Detention and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
Plummer said more than 27,000 people have been booked into the jail during the five-year period the lawsuits span and that the way the commission announced their concerns was “aggressive and politically charged.”
Commissioners Debbie Lieberman, Judy Dodge and Dan Foley are Democrats, while Plummer is a Republican and chairman of the Montgomery County GOP.
The commissioners — who control the sheriff’s budget but have no authority over that office — sent a letter to the acting head of the civil rights division of the Department of Justice to investigate allegations of mistreatment.
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“I have 450 officers who work very hard and put their lives on the line every day for the citizens of Montgomery County,” Plummer said. “Are they all perfect? Absolutely not. If we have a situation where we have misconduct, it is immediately investigated and properly handled.
“For the commissioners to accuse my employees of violating civil rights without due process is