Sheriff Mike Byrd is now facing another lawsuit. The latest is from six plaintiffs, accusing him, along with several other deputies and county officials, of civil and constitutional violations. The plaintiffs all have one thing in common: all were arrested in Jackson County and claim that they were victims of civil and constitutional violations, all under the watch of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd. Attorney ‘Monte’ Tynes filed suit on behalf of the six plaintiffs. They are only a handful of numerous other lawsuits filed against Byrd, several sheriffs’ deputies, Jackson County, and the County Insurance Carrier in the last year. Tynes says, "The sheriff has been entrusted with the public’s trust, when he asks to be elected to be elected and re-elected again and again, and he has been entrusted to protect the public from the things that we’ve alleged that he’s done.” William Layne Brushaber filed a suit on Monday, claiming ten counts of violations, including abuse of process and civil conspiracy and neglect. Tynes also says of the victims, "Their lives have been affected significantly."
The lawsuits filed range from targeting to cruel and unusual punishment, but the victims have been suffering emotionally through the years and those emotions might never go away. Brushaber says, "Those two years where I was waiting were indescribable hell, how long you have to wait and how it feels to wait, not knowing your own fate. I hope this doesn't have to happen to anyone again." Byrd's guilty plea, entered today in federal court, brings a sense of hope to Brushaber. Brushaber also says, "Some part of justice is finally being served and it's just the start of it." While the plaintiffs are eager to have their say in court, Attorney Tynes says it could be a long road ahead. The attorney indicated there are still more people coming out and filing suits against Byrd.