Thursday night at 7pm I released a video clearly showing that the Montgomery County Jail is unsafe at any speed. The video I procured, was denied to exist once again, by the Sheriff’s office, when multiple public records requests were filed by the attorney representing the victim of the sadistic torture inflicted under the cover of authority.
The video has over 5,300 views on Facebook with over 135 shares. It has 600 views on YouTube. This is in under 36 hours.
Yet not a single elected leader has issued a statement, asked for an investigation, called for intervention.
So what are they saying (we know they’ve all seen it- they do read my blog, they do have friends that keep tabs on what I’m up to.)
Here’s the mythical conversation, somewhere in the halls of local government yesterday:
Elected official 1 “Man, I’m glad I’m not Phil Plummer today, did you see that video Esrati released. Pepper spraying another inmate while restrained. This is going to cost the county.”
Elected official 2 “Yeah, it’s pretty clear that place is out of control. Can you believe Esrati asked for money to fund his “work” at the end, I’d donate if it meant he’d STFU and leave town. What an ass.”
Elected official 1 “Thank god he doesn’t work at the paper, or we’d all be in trouble. Not that they have anyone left that knows anything.”
Elected official 2 “You know he called me an idiot last week in his blog, over that real estate give away, he just doesn’t understand who we have to answer to.”
Elected official 1 “That guy probably had it coming anyway, I heard his rap sheet was a mile long. But, you know, we can’t keep quietly settling all these abuse of power, use of force lawsuits. We’re close to $10 million already. And his deputies keep crashing cruisers like dodgem cars.”
Elected official 2 “No one pays attention to county government, they get wrapped up in things like sanctuary city status and the heroin problem. Besides, my seat is safe.”
What we should have heard.
The county commissioners should have been asking the FBI, the Justice Department and the State Attorney General to come in and mount a full investigation. Plummer, and the command staff of the jail, should all be placed on immediate unpaid leave, and they should be asking for help from the police chiefs through out Montgomery County to come together to put a plan in place to safely run the jail.
The City of Dayton, the largest customer of the Jail, should have said that they will no longer use the county jail as long as Plummer and his current command staff are in charge. Efforts should be made to either release their prisoners to community control, or moved to other facilities. A clear statement should be made that the jail isn’t a safe place and that it isn’t acceptable for our citizens. They should launch their own investigation.
All other jurisdictions that use the jail, should have made similar statements.
There should also be a request to have state oversight on the failures of the Jail, the Sheriff and the County to release requested information though the public records requests.
Anyone found to be impeding the release of footage, reports, documentation that was legally requested should be charged with a crime, fined, and fired.
Since the County Prosecutors office didn’t issue an immediate statement condemning any of this, the Prosecutor should be asked to resign. This is his job, not mine.
Crimes were clearly committed in the county jail, not just on Oct 17, 2016, but over the last few years. It is his job to make sure that the people in charge of enforcing laws, aren’t committing crimes. Since Prosecutor Mat Heck can’t seem to do that, it’s time for him to go as well.
And in the hallways of the local media:
“How did Esrati get this story? How did he get the footage?”
“We can’t use it, he put his url on it. We’d have to credit him with breaking the story. We don’t do that- we just steal his stuff for our front page news”
“Did you see that he had the audacity to ask for donations? He can’t get paid for doing what he’s been doing for free”
“He said we don’t cover stuff because we get advertising revenue from political campaigns, the hospitals, the big businesses that run this city, how else can we stay in business? This town is going to shit because those morons they elect don’t have a clue on what they’re doing. It’s not our fault the people elect stupid people.”
“Nobody was bleeding, or died, that’s not news.”
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