Five more women are suing Berrien County and several sheriff deputies; more sexual misconduct, more sexual torture, more sexual assaults. A federal lawsuit was filed last year by 10 of the possible 50 women, who have been sexually tortured.
The latest lawsuit filed on Monday, July 24, 2017, by Southfield lawyer Lennox Emanual on behalf of five women alleges five more deputies were employees in Berrien County when the sexual assault and sexual torture of the female inmates between 2012 and 2016 began.
Two of the five women are also named in the still pending federal lawsuit filed in 2016 in U.S. District Court. The former sheriff deputies coerced female inmates into sex and then tortured the women, in some cases after their release. In an amended complaint filed in May, one of the women said an unnamed Berrien County Commissioner had witnessed McGrew meeting with her to provide money at a public business.
In the lawsuit filed in Berrien County this week, sexual assault, sexual torture and battery, gross negligence and intentional infliction and distress on the part of the individual defendants and hostile environment on the part of Berrien County.
One woman said that between February 2014 and July 2015. Two deputies repeatedly demanded sexual favors in exchange for benefits. The deputies instructed her to pose in various sexual position, while she was jailed for various periods between 2012 and 2016, another deputy provided her with drugs and requested sex in exchange for extra food.
Another female said she was forced by one of the five deputies to pose naked and dance in front of a camera.
Another woman said that in 2015, while she was on supervised release from jail, a deputy requested sex in exchange for money and drugs. The deputy took her to his house on the pretense of offering her work and made her accompany him to a law enforcement conference in the city of Detroit and forced to sleep with him at the hotel.
Judges, Prosecutors, and Police Officers believe themselves to be superior, detached from community they are supposed to be protecting. We must hold them accountable for their actions.
Rev Edward Pinkney