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Metro Corrections officer fired for bringing weapon into jail

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Metro Corrections Officer was fired Tuesday for bringing brass knuckles into Metro Corrections and lying to investigators, according to his termination letter.

Also, according to the Metro Corrections investigation obtained under a Kentucky Open Records request, Officer De'Sean Ramsey is also under investigation for allegations that he failed to report a fight between two inmates in June or notify medical staff about the altercation.

Ramsey was placed on administrative leave with pay on Sept. 10 and has also been under criminal investigation by Louisville Metro Police. Police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell says that investigation is ongoing.

Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton said in an email the jail investigation sustained what “appears to be an isolated incident” that was reported by his fellow officers.

“We found no indication, pattern, practice or custom of deliberate indifference on the part of other officers,” Bolton said. “They did the right thing.”

In an interview, Bolton said he could not discuss the investigation into Ramsey not reporting inmates fighting because it was still ongoing.

Ramsey could not be reached for comment.

On Sept. 9, Ramsey brought brass knuckles into a secured portion of the jail, according to his termination letter.

Brass knuckles are considered a deadly weapon under state law and carrying them into a detention center is a crime, according to the investigation.

Ramsey told investigators he had been taking pictures of the brass knuckles to post on a website where he sells “law enforcement military support bracelets” before his shift and then inadvertently left them in his uniform pocket.

The investigation concluded that it is “unbelievable” that someone would forget about having brass knuckles on them.

Ramsey was also accused of having brass knuckles outside the jail on Sept. 4, but lying about it during the investigation.

Sgt. Steve Eason told investigators that Ramsey came up to him outside the jail on Sept. 4 wearing brass knuckles and playfully tapping them on the wall next to Eason. Ramsey denied that ever happened.

After Eason reported the incident, Ramsey was forced to empty his pockets during his next shift on Sept. 14 and pulled out brass knuckles, according to the investigation.

In 2012, Ramsey was found to have lied to a supervisor and falsified legal documents regarding his claim to have strip-searched an inmate, according to his personnel file. He was suspended for one day.

Ramsey was hired in 2010.

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