Eric Banks

Former jail sergeant alleges cover-up in interview

A retired Montgomery County jail sergeant has revealed for the first time how video of a restrained inmate being pepper-sprayed in the jail was obtained by a local attorney, who posted it online and brought national attention to the incident.

In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News, Eric Banks said he and a fellow sergeant, Ransley Creech, brought the video to attorney Doug Brannon and also called the FBI. He said they did so because they feared the sheriff’s command staff was trying to cover up the pepper-spraying of a bound inmate, Amber Swink, by then-Sgt. Judith Sealey on Nov. 15, 2015.

“The sheriff’s office is mad that a couple people crossed that coveted blue line and told the truth about what happened,” Banks said.

Go here to read the full interview, including details of how Banks obtained the video and why he suspects a cover-up.

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