5 Southern California Jail Inmates Awarded $740,000 in Force Suit

November 12, 2013

A federal jury has awarded $740,000 to inmates who suffered broken bones when guards put down a Los Angeles County jail protest.

City News Service reported five inmates were granted the money in an excessive-force lawsuit. The jury considers additional punitive damages this week.

The inmates were protesting conditions at the Men’s Central Jail in 2008 when some barricaded themselves in their cells.

The lawsuit says sheriff’s deputies beat and brutalized the inmates, causing injuries ranging up to skull fractures.

The deputies argued they were trying to defend themselves from rioters. KPCC radio said some inmates tossed pieces of broken sink at deputies, started fires and flooded their cells before the clash.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore says the agency will comment once the case is over.

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  • November 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    bayou bill says:
    Each cellmate should be responsible for his/her cell, to keep it clean, under supervision when cleaning. Complaints for free room, board because one was convicted for a crime.... read more
  • November 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    Leave them alone says:
    Hey, if they want to break sinks, barricade themselves in their cells & flood their "living quarters", let them do it! Come back in two weeks (or longer) & check on t... read more
  • November 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm
    Nancy says:
    This is just so disgusting! We reward thugs that not only broke the rule, which landed them in jail in the first place, than started the riots in jail and if that was not eno... read more
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