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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ripped from their clothes and left naked in a padded cell for hours: on Friday we learned who else is coming forward claiming abuse in the Floyd County jail.
Attorney Laura Landenwich says in the week since surveillance video of Tabitha Gentry stripped, pepper sprayed and left to stand nude in a padded cell came to light, three men have stepped forward claiming similar abuse in the Floyd County Jail.
Their names are Michael Herron, Vincent Minton and Adam Walker.
"What we have discovered is there is a pattern and practice of egregious, human rights, civil rights violations going on in that jail and it's been going on for years, as far as we can tell," said Laura Landenwich.
Landenwich said Walker, "was taken to the ground by three deputies, tazed seven times in the course of being forcibly stripped and being choked to the point of unconsciousness."
All four were arrested on intoxication charges and admit to some kind of verbal or physical altercation with jailers. They're now part of a federal class action lawsuit against Sheriff Darrell Mills, several corrections officers and County Commissioner Mark Seabrook. Mills did not return our calls Friday, but said last week that each case is different, his officers "do not strip search" and he believes his staff "acted appropriately" in the Gentry case.
"I have a lot of reason to believe that this is not something that happens every once and a while," Landenwich said. "It's something that happens on a weekly, if not daily basis."
"The callousness, from a human perspective, is jaw-dropping, but from a constitutional perspective, it is completely intolerable under our system of law," she added.
The class action suit claims violations of the 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, and 14th amendments. It's open to anyone claiming such abuses in the Floyd County jail in the last two years.