Montgomery County officials have reached terms for a settlement with a 60-year-old woman who was taken down to the floor in the county jail after asking a corrections officer for milk instead of juice while eating breakfast in the women’s waiting area.
Marsha Pate-Strickland reached a financial settlement with the county, her attorney and county officials confirmed. County officials haven’t revealed the amount agreed to be paid.
Montgomery, OH — In September of 2015, Marsha Pate-Strickland, 60, was wrongfully accused of assault and jailed as a result. As she sat in jail waiting for the charges to be dropped, however, Pate-Strickland was brutally assaulted by an officer after she simply asked for milk instead of juice. Now, the taxpayers of Montgomery County will be the ones held liable for the attack.
On September 8, 2015, surveillance video showed officer David Stemp and Pate-Strickland exchange a few words after she had asked for milk instead of juice. According to the video and the lawsuit, Stemp ordered Pate-Strickland to then stand up, then he forcefully grabbed her and “violently swung” her around before her right shoulder and arm were slammed to the floor.
When Pate-Strickland pulls her arm away, the officer is shown grabbing her by her left arm, pulling her, spinning her and taking her down to the floor.
“There’s just no reason for this kid — well, I call him a kid, the CO — to grab onto this 60-year-old woman and fling her around,” Pate-Strickland’s attorney, Douglas Brannon said.
Prior to being attacked by the officer, Pate-Strickland had been peacefully sitting in the women’s waiting area. However, all that peace would come to a brutal end once Stemp entered the equation, and now, the taxpayers are paying for it.
“The case has been settled. There’s a signed agreement,” Brannon said. “The matter was settled amicably and Ms. Pate-Strickland is going to be moving forward with her life and is glad to have this matter resolved.”
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