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ACLU Cites Abuses, Demands L.A. County Sheriff Step Down

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Posted on Sep 29, 2011
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

The ACLU has demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after the civil rights organization issued a report that he had willfully ignored a growing culture of violence and abuse by jail deputies against inmates.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a court-appointed monitor of jail conditions, released the 22-page report Wednesday after an extensive investigation yielded sworn statements from 70 people who witnessed or fell victim to deputies’ unchecked violence, including two chaplains and a Hollywood producer who volunteered at the Men’s Central Jail.

The ACLU said it received thousands of complaints about brutality within the 15,000-inmate jail system last year. However, Baca, who disputed the claims in the report, said he would not step down. —BF

The Associated Press:

The ACLU demanded the four-term sheriff’s resignation, saying he and his top commanders are willfully indifferent to claims made by inmates and civilian jail visitors that deputies routinely viciously assault inmates.

In one case, an inmate at the downtown Men’s Central Jail said deputies accused him of stealing mail then punched him, breaking an eye socket, and marched him naked to a cell occupied by two gang members.

Deputies repeatedly ignored the man’s cries for help as the gang members raped him while another inmate flushed his head down a toilet to muffle his screams, the man, who had been jailed for making criminal threats, said in a sworn declaration.

It is “a jail system and a sheriff’s department running a jail system through corruption, through intimidation, through unchecked violence and negligent, perhaps even nonexistent, supervision and management,” said Tom Parker, a former FBI special agent in charge who conducted an investigation of the jails for the ACLU. “I have never seen anything that approaches the patterns of violence, misfeasance and malfeasance that particularly infects the Los Angeles County jail system.”

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By Doubtom, September 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm Link to this comment
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It’s time for this clown to go anyway—as anyone can plainly see, there’s no more
room for additional stars on his collar.  Where do we get these egotistical clowns
from anyway?  Does he had a “field marshall” complex?  That’s more stars than
General Eisenhower had for Pete’s sake.  He is too detached from reality; show him
the door before he loses it entirely and declares him self “emperor”.

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By Doubtom, September 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm Link to this comment
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It’s time for this clown to go anyway—as anyone can plainly see, there’s no more
room for more stars on his collar.  Where do we get these egotistical clowns from
anyway?  Does he had a “field marshall” complex?  That’s more stars than General
Eisenhower had for gawd’s sake.  He is too detached from reality, show him the
door before he goes all out and declares him self “emperor”.

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By Gabriel, September 29, 2011 at 11:37 am Link to this comment

Private/business run jails are just as bad if not worse.

One can go in for minor ticket and end up with 2, 5, 10, life in prison or even end up dead due to being placed in with hard core offenders.

Judges hand out sentences as if they were candy and money making deals between jailers, judges, lawyers, sheriffs and rest of system.

some of reported systematic things are:
- lack of food
- rotten food
- excessive violence
- stabbings
- repeated rape
- torture
- gang indoctrination
- killings
- threats against families on the outside
- attacks on family members on the outside to keep prisoners quiet about system abuses
- trumped up charges
etc. etc.

It’s a deeply engrained sadistic culture bent on spreading fear and separation of family.
There’s no reason why anyone should spend a day in jail if they have not hurt someone.

In any case, jails should be abolished as there are better ways to handle offenders. Mainly fixing the root causes and problems.
This brings us back to business and oligarchy that run every country by deception, secrecy and fraud.

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