Sometimes there need to be lawsuits.
The Detroit Free Press reports:
There were two other instances described.
Amanda White, 25, one of 22 plaintiffs in the emerging class action lawsuit, ended up in the jail on Sept. 1, 2000, after her ex-boyfriend beat her up. She had a cracked rib and nine or 10 staples in the back of her head. After fleeing her boyfriend's house, White went to a hospital and then to jail for drunken driving.
In the jail intake area, White, her ribs hurting, said she asked, over and over, to use the rest room. She was told to wait. Finally, a female and two male officers handcuffed her, took her to the segregation area, and dragged her into the cell. Shoving her to the floor, one officer grabbed her hair and pressed his knee to the back of her head, dislodging one of the staples in her scalp.
The officers took off her clothes, including the rib brace she received at Covenant Hospital. White said she spent the next 6 hours, or more, in the segregation cell, naked, curled up and crying. The concrete felt like ice against her skin. Every 45 minutes or so, a correctional officer, usually a man, would look in but say nothing while she pleaded for her clothes. Finally, after a shift change, she got her clothes; she never did get the rib brace back.
This requires more than a lawsuit. The officers who participated were guilty of criminal assault and should be prosecuted for it. They not only assaulted this woman, but completely violated their duty to protect a citizen from such behavior. They violated the public trust.
Jail 'em and sue 'em. It's too bad punishment can't be in kind.