On November 29, 2018, Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced that after conferring with District Attorney Ashley Welch, a joint request to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was made to investigate any and all allegations of impropriety at the Cherokee County Detention Center since Dec 1, 2014. A previous request was made by Sheriff Palmer in early November 2018 concerning allegations of inmate assaults.
As a new administration takes office in the detention center December 3, 2018, Sheriff Palmer wants to ensure that all allegations have been thoroughly investigated by an independent law enforcement agency and reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office for appropriate action if it is required. Sheriff Palmer has spoken with the agent that is conducting the investigation and encouraged the agent to interview any and all current or former employees of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and offered to make available any and all Sheriff’s Office records for review and inspection.
Sheriff Palmer hopes that this investigation will clear up any allegations of improprieties that may have occurred in the past and hopes that this investigation will restore public trust and confidence in the detention center and the employees who serve there on a daily basis.
This press release by Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is in response to several newspaper articles and radio interviews. Carolina Public Press has spent months investigating allegations.
Previous reports by Carolina Public Press on the Cherokee County Detention Center
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