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Woman sues PG, correctional officers over jail treatment

A Prince George’s County woman filed suit last week against the county and a group of correctional officers who she claims placed her in restraints and attacked her when she spent a night in custody in 2017.

Sameirow Carter was detained overnight Aug. 21 and alleges she was denied a phone call when she arrived at the Prince George’s County Correctional Center and placed in a holding cell for being aggressive, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt Thursday.

Carter claims she asked to be allowed to use a restroom rather than the toilet visible to anyone in the processing room and was ignored then placed in four-point restraints. Two officers allegedly punched her while she was restrained and she was forced to urinate on herself.

Carter was restrained until the following morning and after she was released she sought medical attention for her face and wrists. She suffered a miscarriage two weeks later which she attributes to stress associated with the assault.

The complaint argues Carter’s experience is part of a “widespread, unconstitutional policy, practice, and/or custom” of excessive force used by correctional officers and cites other instances where detainees claim to have experienced violence.

“The County has condoned these unconstitutional policies, practices, and/or customs, and it is responsible for their continued existence,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit also names Mary Lou McDonough, director of the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, and claims violations of the 8th and 14th amendments as well as a pattern of constitutional violations which caused her “serious physical injuries, psychological injuries, and pain and suffering.”

Carter is represented by Dwayne D. Sam, Andrew G. McBride and Brenna D. Duncan at Perkins Coie LLP in Washington. They did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

A spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections could not immediately comment on the allegations Monday.

The case is Sameirow Carter v. Prince George’s County, et al., 8:19-cv-00124.


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