After Tabitha Storms Gentry was arrested on misdemeanor charges, she was forcibly stripped and sat naked in cell overnight, her lawyer said. The New Albany woman is suing police. Officers said she was drunk and violent during the whole incident.
BY Meg Wagner
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, June 13, 2014, 7:38 AM
The video showed returning to the cell a few minutes later, still naked.
“They leave her in that room — still with no clothes, with a mat that is now soaking wet from the water — for five more hours before they finally give her a jumpsuit and let her make a phone call,” her lawyer said.
Officers said Gentry was drunk and violent throughout the arrest.
According to a report, Gentry was warned that “since she had resisted, threatened and attempted to kick an officer, she was being placed in a smock and the females (officers) were going to remove her clothes.”
In another report, police said they pepper-sprayed Gentry to subdue her for “the safety of this facility” because her shouting “agitated other inmates.”
Landenwich said what happened to Gentry was a use of excessive force and a cruel and unusual punishment.