ACLU Report Documents Eyewitness Accounts of Brutality Against Los Angeles County Jail Inmates by Sheriff’s Deputies

ACLU Calls for Immediate Resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Thorough Federal Investigation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2582 or 2666; LOS ANGELES – Several chaplain and other civilian eyewitnesses document brutal beatings of Los Angeles County Jail inmates by sheriff’s deputies as part of an annual report on the county’s jail system released today by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Southern California. The report details a pattern of severe and pervasive abuse of inmates at the hands of deputies and an ongoing climate of violence that has been allowed to exist for years under Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who the report says has covered up and ignored the claims of savagery. The ACLU today called for Baca’s immediate resignation and for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to order a full criminal and civil rights investigation into the allegations of deputy-on-inmate assaults, deputy-instigated inmate-on-inmate assaults and the regular use of excessive force inside the jail.