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31-year-old Tabitha Gentry, a mother of four from New Albany, Indiana, was stripped naked, sprayed with pepper spray and left in an unsanitary cell for hours.
Her attorney Laura Landenwich told The Huffington Post. "This is someone charged with misdemeanor crimes in Indiana."
The Indiana State Police arrested Gentry on March 30th after she had dispute with her husband. She was then taken to the Floyd Country Jail.
The jail's surveillance cameras showed most of the events that took place.
According to her attorney she first arrived at the jail without any assistance. However, during the booking process, the video captures some sort of dispute between Gentry and the jail staff. Landenwich described it as a "verbal altercation."
Following the alleged altercation, Gentry, according to the jail report, "was being placed in a smock and the females [officers] were going to remove her clothes."
Although it was said that females were assisting her to remove her clothes, it was shown on the camera records that there were two male deputies as well.
Time stamps on the video show that Gentry was placed in the cell at 4:15 a.m. without any sort of smock to cover herself. A short time later, the video captures Gentry banging on the door. According to her attorney, she was "screaming for her clothes or something to wear."
Around 5:12 a.m. a police officer opens up the slot of the door cell and sprays pepper spray inside the cell.
Landenwich said, "Standard protocol in every police case I have ever dealt [with] is that you're allowed to use [the] force necessary to maintain [an] officer's safety or [the] safety of other people, well, here we have a woman, who is naked, locked in a cell, who cannot possibly pose a threat to anybody."
Gentry was left in the cell until 6:00 a.m. Then was taken to wash her eyes out and to wear a smock to cover herself.
Finally Gentry was placed back in the same holding cell, where her attorney claims she was left from about 6:20 a.m. to 11 a.m.
According to The Courier-Journal, the sheriffs department does not have the right to strip inmates but have the right to remove their clothes to check for drugs and other items.
Landenwich claims there are rules in place that were clearly ignored. She said, "They weren't searching her for anything. This was sexual humiliation."
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