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'It's becoming a very volatile situation': FOP says jail should consider lockdown after staff injured in 3 incidents with inmates

All corrections officers were treated and released for injuries sustained in incidents with inmates.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three corrections officers were injured in three separate incidents at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections this weekend, Assistant Director Steve Durham said.

Durham said one officer went to the hospital for treatment after injuring their hand during an incident with a "disruptive inmate" at around 11:30 p.m. Friday. Hours later, a different officer injured their hand during an incident with the same inmate. They also sought medical care.

The inmate was treated by the jail's medical staff for minor injuries after each incident, and Durham said they were placed under mental health observation.

At around 5 a.m. Saturday, a different inmate placed in special management threw bodily fluids on an officer. The officer received medical treatment as recommended by LMDC's practice on exposure to bodily fluids.

All officers were treated and released. Durham said all Metro Corrections officers are trained on de-escalation techniques.

FOP spokesperson Officer Tracy Dotson said jail leaders need to make a change before more people get hurt.

"As we've said before patience is running very thin in there on both sides and it's becoming a very volatile situation," Dotson said.

Dotson said Metro Corrections should consider going into lockdown mode for the safety of officers and inmates, which would only allow inmates to move for constitutional rights like court and religious services.

"The less movement that we have to do while we're understaffed and overworked, the safer it is for the members and the safer its going to be for the inmates," Dotson said.

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