Jackson County jail focus of FBI investigation

4 years 5 months 4 days ago Monday, August 24 2015 Aug 24, 2015 Monday, August 24, 2015 6:00:46 PM CDT August 24, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Jackson County and the FBI are investigating four cases of guards accused of abusing jail inmates.

County Executive Mike Sanders announced the investigations Monday. Sanders says he's also forming a citizens task force to look into practices at the Jackson County Detention Center.

The Kansas City Star reports recent injuries to four male inmates ranged from bruises and stitches to a man who suffered a broken neck when he was restrained.

Joe Piccinini, acting director of county corrections, learned there was a problem last month when a nurse informed him an inmate had been hospitalized with a broken neck. He says none of the accused guards still work for the county.

Sanders says county officials have been cooperating with the federal probe for more than a month.

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