Lawsuit to be filed after allegations of mistreatment at Floyd Co. jail



Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 9:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – More people are now coming forward with allegations of wrong doing at the Floyd County Jail. 

It comes after the WHAS11 I-Team was the first to report claims that sheriff’s deputies removed a female inmates clothes. 

Tabitha Gentry was arrested on March 31st for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Floyd County. She says sheriff’s deputies removed her clothes while restraining her. Gentry’s attorney says more people have come forward with similar allegations. 

Attorney Laura Landenwich says she plans to file a federal lawsuit by the end of this week.

A video of Gentry recently released sparked an investigation. In the video Gentry can be seen walking into jail but and things seem normal. The video without audio showed Gentry mouthing something and standing up to officers then they began to subdue her.

She is then carried to a padded cell handcuffed.

It's hard to see what happens while sheriff's deputies and Gentry and in the corner but Gentry says they pulled her clothes off. The video later shows a nude Gentry and later being pepper sprayed.

She's eventually given some kind of throw to cover herself.

“Why would a person's clothing be removed?,” WHAS 11’s Renee Murphy asked. 

“If a person was being very combative being a threat to the individuals who was handling the person and also a threat to themselves,” a retired corrections officer who asked us not to use his name said.

He says without audio it's unclear exactly what was being said and how threatening it was.

He says if an inmate is threatening to harm themselves their clothes may be removed.

“Usually they are given some type of a paper gown or something to cover themselves up they should be allowed to be a least restrictive situation according to their behavior,” said the retired officer. “The amount of force that is going to be used is going to be the amount of aggression that the individual that's arrested is showing.”

The sheriff says no policies were violated and his staff didn’t break any rules. He declined an on camera interview and so did his attorney when we tracked him down Monday. 

The director at Metro Corrections in Louisville and he said that in his years at the jail he’s never seen a case where they had to remove an inmate’s clothes.