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Former Detention Center Officer Files Grievance

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A former Missoula County Detention Center Officer files two grievances with the county alleging he was assaulted by coworkers, that also abused inmates.

The former Guard and Transport Officer Tim Boileau says he ended his 15-year career at the detention center because of the hostile working conditions.

Tim Boileau's Attorney, Rich Buley, says his client was required to file grievances with the county before he could file a formal lawsuit.  Buley says Boileau was unwilling to comment on the grievances today, but he says Boileau felt he had to come forward with his story after quitting his job in September.

"His conscience wouldn't allow him to remain silent," said Buley. 

Buley says Boileau, who was President of the Detention Officers' Union, was assaulted twice by other officers, after the union reported incidents of inmate abuse.  Buley says that played a big factor in Boileau's decision to quit.

"If a detention officer doesn't feel safe, you can imagine how the inmates feel."  Buley says the two grievances report six specific cases where inmates were physically abused by detention officers.

"We know of at least a couple of instances because I've seen videotapes of prisoners being abused for no reason other than the sadistic pleasure of guards."  Sheriff Carl Ibsen says he pulled one detective off his regular duties Monday, who's going over the grievances.

"To go through each of these allegations, and review the actions taken, review the case files, see if it was responded to appropriately and see if the appropriate action was taken."

Buley says some of the cases have already gone through the courts.  Ibsen says he suspects some, if not all, of the reported incidents were properly handled, and they'll release their full investigation once it's completed. "It will take whatever time it takes to be done thoroughly and appropriately," said Ibsen, and Buley stated that "The public needs to know what is going on in the jail."


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