Police brutality among 60 lawsuits pending against Sarasota County

SARASOTA, Fla. - Police brutality, insufficient medical treatment for inmates and claims of illegal personnel practices are among the 60 lawsuits filed against Sarasota County, according to a county report.

That's a significant increase for Sarasota County, considering the typical amount of pending suits at one time is around 35, Maj. Kurt Hoffman, the sheriff's legal adviser told the Herald Tribune.

Most of the lawsuits were filed against the sheriff's office, including a suit from a couple who claims they mistreated by former Deputy Robert Kramer and falsely arrested in August of 2010.

Kramer allegedly followed the couple home from a restaurant, and in the process of arresting Florian, the deputy threw him onto the driveway, shocked him and bruised him in several places.

Kramer, who didn't complete the new-hire probation period at his job, was terminated by the sheriff's office and the charges were dropped against Florian and Solliday.

County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh says the couple's suit is one of four who have a 50 percent or higher chance of winning.

Inmates make up a majority of the plaintiffs filing claims. Other groups include former county employees regarding worker's compensation, gender discrimination and race discrimination.

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