CINCINNATI — The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department wrote it is investigating allegations that former judge Tracie Hunter is being mistreated in custody.
Bishop Bobby Hilton, president of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Action Network, released his own statement Tuesday morning saying Hunter was "injured as she was being dragged out of the courtroom." Hilton also wrote no one checked on Hunter after she requested medical help "three times."
"Today, Sheriff Jim Neil checked on her well-being," Lt. David Daugherty, Public Information Officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, wrote. "He received a grievance from her stating she was injured yesterday while being placed in custody during court. An investigation is under way."
The department cannot discuss Hunter's medical treatment, however.
Hilton also wrote Hunter did not have access to a phone to call her attorney. Daugherty contradicted this statement, writing "Hunter has full access to a telephone and has the same privileges of other inmates."
Currently, Hunter is being held in the medical unit of the Hamilton County Justice Center, according to Daugherty.
She has filed a formal inmate grievance, alleging that being dragged from the courtroom "aggravated a serious pre-existing medical condition to my neck, back and legs. It was a use of force that also caused degradation and dehumanization and was broadcast across the world."
Read Tracie Hunter's full grievance report below: