Panel to investigate Jackson County jail abuse


jackson-county-jailJackson County Executive Mike Sanders on Monday said that the county and FBI are investigating abuse of jail inmates by guards.

He also formed a corrections department task force to examine policies and procedures at the county detention center.

Sanders also asked corrections staff to alert investigators of any possible excessive use of force.

Officials said they know of four incidents from May to July, involving four now former employees.

The Kansas City Star reported that injuries to four inmates range from bruises and stiches to a man whose neck was broken.

The task force will be led by Kansas City Police Commissioner Alvin Brooks and include former police commissioner Lisa Pelofsky, UMKC law professor Bill Eckhardt and John Fierro, Mattie Rhodes Center president and CEO.

It is to present its findings and recommendations to the county executive and legislature on or before Nov. 2.

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