Female Corrections Officers Sue Cook County Over “Masturbating Inmates”

By Tyler Durden

In a story that brings to mind one grotesque yet memorable scene from the classic thriller “Silence of the Lambs”, three female corrections officers in Cook County have filed a lawsuit claiming that Sheriff Tom Dart has ignored their complaints about grossly inappropriate behavior by male inmates who “brazenly masturbate” in front of female guards, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

A lawyer for veteran corrections officers Sdahrie Howard, Denise Hobbs and Ellenor Altman said the trio and their fellow female officers who work in the Cook County jail complex have had to deal almost daily with being threatened, harassed – and even sometimes groped.

Compounding problems for the women, supervisors have discouraged them from filing complaints about the behavior, telling them witnessing the behavior is “part of the job” – something they’ve also factored into their lawsuit.

“They really do fear for their safety,” said attorney Marni Willenson, who represents the three officers. “Women have a right to go to work without looking over their shoulder fearing they’re going to be raped or aggressively exposed to genitalia.”

The lawsuit, which is seeking class action status, was filed Friday in US District Court, two years ago, the women filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity …read more

Source:: ZeroHedge