UPDATE: Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy’s personnel file provides “mixed bag of praise and pause”
UPDATE POSTED JULY 6, 2021 AT 7:29 P.M.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy’s personnel file is providing a closer look at the deputy in question regarding accusations of excessive use of force and violating two women’s civil rights.
According to The State Journal, who obtained Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Ray’s personnel files through an open records request, his files included “a mixed bag of praise and pause.”
Ray was warded an “outstanding achievement” designation from the jailer in 2016. However, close to the end of his training at the sheriff’s office, a supervisor commented that Ray “poses a risk” to himself, other deputies and Franklin County citizens based on the supervisor’s observations and “every other” field training officer Ray rode with.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JUNE 25, 2021 AT 6:39 P.M.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two Franklin County women are suing over what they say was an abuse of power moment by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Dash cam video from a Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy’s car shows a high-speed police chase in Frankfort last September as deputies tried to pull someone over for erratic driving and throwing marijuana out of the car during the chase, according to the State Journal, citing court documents.
The chase ended with the driver stopping and immediately going to the ground voluntarily.
But what happens next to the two backseat passengers led to the suit.
With one hand holding his gun, Deputy Phillip Ray is seen pulling out Hannah Clark first.
Then you can see Maysia Harris holding her hands up out of window before she’s also pulled out.
“If a guy grabbed me by the wrist and yank you out of a car and slung you to the ground, how would you feel about it,” Greg Belzley said.
Greg Belzley is one of the lawyers representing the women and says the video shows abuse.
“Anybody that saw this in a domestic violence context would say that guy is mistreating women he ought to be charged with domestic violence, assault and battery, and for good reason,” Belzley said.
Belzley says Harris suffered a concussion.
Harris’ mom said it broke her heart to see the video of what happened to her then 19-year-old daughter.
“I can’t believe that a officer of the law would do females like this. My daughter is a great kid she’s never been in trouble. All he had to was ask her to get out the car, she had her hands up, she was complying, he should have never pulled her out the car like that. He didn’t have to treat her like that,” Shontel Harris said.
Neither were charged.
He says the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office did an internal investigation of the deputies’ conduct but nothing came of it.
“They conducted an investigation, and what did they do it cleared the guys,” Belzley said.
He said that’s why the lawsuit also names Sheriff Chris Quire and the county, claiming there’s a lack of supervision of deputies.
“Good cops need to be celebrated, but there’s going to be a problem with that, as long as there are bad cops protected by their supervisors,” he said.
Belzley says the lawsuit isn’t about the women getting rich, but making a big enough splash to make permanent change.
“What we are most interested in is a result of the kids to the attention of the leaders of the county who can make sure this never happens again,” he said.
Frankflin County Sheriff’s Office didn’t respond to a request for comment on this lawsuit.