Lawsuits stacking up against Sheriff Byrd, his department

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Lawsuits against sheriffs are common. But since Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd was indicted on 31 state charges August 30th, he's been named in four federal lawsuits accusing him of violating the civil rights of people arrested by the sheriff's department.

The most recent action is a wrongful death suit filed by the sister of a man who died while in custody on a shoplifting charge. She alleges her brother was denied daily medication to control his epilepsy for near three months.

The three other federal lawsuits were filed by people arrested on child pornography charges. All accuse Byrd of abusing his power, pushing his deputies to make false arrests and violating their civil rights.

In total, those suits seek more than $63 million in damages.

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