- Associated Press - Sunday, May 28, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio county has been sued for the ninth time by former inmates who have claimed they were mistreated by jail staff.

Attorneys for 44-year-old Daryl Wallace filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against a fired corrections officer, the Montgomery County sheriff and county commissioners, the Dayton Daily News has reported.

The lawsuit claims former corrections officer Jerrid Campbell “viciously beat” Wallace at the Montgomery County Jail in September 2015 in an altercation recorded by a surveillance camera.

Wallace complained about not having hot water and called Campbell a name when he refused to summon maintenance workers to fix the problem, the lawsuit said. Campbell ordered Wallace to stop and then pushed him to the ground, where Campbell “pummeled Mr. Wallace with punch after punch,” the lawsuit said.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said the altercation was investigated and Campbell was suspended without pay for 10 days.

“The employee was disciplined and held accountable to the fullest extent,” Plummer said.

Wallace’s attorney, Adam Gerhardstein, said punishing Campbell was appropriate, but that more should have been done to prevent the altercation.

“We believe there’s a pattern and practice within the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office of using excessive force in that jail,” he said.

Plummer said Campbell was fired last week for policy violations. Documents show the violations included using racial slurs against staff members, violations of use of force policies and making inaccurate and untruthful statements.

None of the other eight lawsuits filed by former inmates have reached trial or have been settled.

Campbell declined to comment on the lawsuit, but he said he was fired for “speaking out against racism.” Campbell was previously quoted in a Dayton Daily News story about allegations of female inmates being racially segregated.

Wallace’s lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com


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