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Former inmates file civil rights suit against Floyd County

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March 2014 Floyd Co. Jail surveillance video shows plaintiff Tabitha Gentry in cell with jail officers. March 2014 Floyd Co. Jail surveillance video shows plaintiff Tabitha Gentry in cell with jail officers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four people who claim they were abused at the Floyd County, Ind., jail have filed a federal lawsuit against county officials and jail officers.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in New Albany also seeks class action for all who were forcibly stripped of their clothes, left naked in a padded cell and subjected to excessive force "despite the absence of any reasonable, individualized suspicion or probable cause required by law," from June 12, 2012, to the present, the suit says.

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One of the plaintiffs is Tabitha Gentry of Floyd County, who says jail officers violated her rights in a March 2014 incident captured on surveillance video and made public last week.

The suit outlines similar claims from co-plaintiffs Vincent Minton of Scott County, Michael Herron of Clark County, and Adam Walker of Floyd County.

The suit was filed in federal court in New Albany. County Commissioner Mark Seabrook, Sheriff Darrell Mills and at least five jail officers are named as defendants.

Mills said last week that each case is different. He also said his officers "do not strip search" and believes his staff "acted appropriately" in the Gentry case.

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