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Former Inmate Alleges Procedures Weren't Followed after Jail Fight

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A former inmate of the Ottawa County Jail is alleging proper procedures weren't followed after he was attacked in the jail. 

Donald Herring was an inmate at the Ottawa County Jail when he was attacked on September 19th. 

Donald Herring, Former Ottawa County Jail Inmate:"I went to go outside in the rec area and walk around, and I got jumped by two people."

After that, Herring says he went into one of the jail pods where a third person jumped him.

Herring alleges the fight went on for several minutes before jailers broke it up.

Herring:"I had a big hole in my lip right here on the inside, broke my hand, I was pretty beat up. I mean, they should have been there on top of that way longer than 5 minutes."

But -- Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd says it only involved one other person, and surveillance videos shows it only lasted for *22*seconds.

Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd:"if we have an incident between two inmates, like i said, we respond as quick as we can."

Herring was transported to Integris hospital in Miami for his injuries.

A few days later, Herring's sister Kimberly Reed tried to call the jail to find out what happened.. before bonding Herring out.

Reed:"I asked her, ya know, what date did this happen, what happened, is he okay, and her exact words were.. well your brother didn't tell you? Nobody had any further information, we were just assured that protocol had been followed."

Sheriff Floyd says after incidents like this happen, the jail doesn't notify family unless an inmate's injuries are life threatening, or the inmates request they do so.

Floyd:"We know there's some rights we have to follow, and they're adults that come in here.. if they were juvenile it might be a little bit different."

Reed says either way.. her brother's right to safety was violated. 

Reed:"I feel like he has been let down, and he feels that way."

Herring:"They need to be more aware and pay more attention to their job, what they're doing."

Herring and Reed are considering filing a lawsuit against the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office is pursuing aggravated assault charges against the other inmate in the fight. 

We have requested jail surveillance video.. but it is currently being used as evidence against the other inmate. 

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