On May 16, 2018 the ACLU of Utah filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dustin Porter and Steven Drollette (“Plaintiffs”) seeking damages and injunctive relief for a pattern of severe cruelty against them while they were incarcerated at the Daggett County Jail. In their complaints, the Plaintiffs describe being shocked with a Taser for guards’ entertainment, being attacked by police dogs, being physically assaulted, being threatened with a gun, and being denied medical and mental health care, among other instances of abuse.
Plaintiffs contend that State and County employees and officials were aware of the longstanding pattern of brutality at the jail but failed to take preventative and corrective actions to keep them safe and protect their dignity. As a result, Plaintiffs suffered severe and traumatic injuries.
- Utah settles civil rights claims of inmates tortured by former Daggett County Jail guard
(Salt Lake Tribune, 11/15/2019)
- Press Release: ACLU of Utah Sues Daggett County Jailers and State Corrections Officials Over Pattern of Abuse (5/16/18)
‘Scared all the time’: Former Daggett inmates describe abuse at the hands of jail officers (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/5/2017)
- Porter v. Dagget County: Complaint (PDF) (5/16/18)