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Sheriff Relieves More Jail Personnel of Duty and Launches Internal Investigation of Inmate Allegations of Abuse

On Friday last, ten jail personnel with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were relieved of duty and a number of others were reassigned to other duties pending further investigation. The personnel relieved of duty include two lieutenants, one sergeant, one senior deputy, four deputies and two custody assistants.

“I expect every member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to perform at the highest standards of professionalism. Immediately upon learning of troubling allegations of possible neglect of an inmate at the Inmate Reception Center, my Department’s executives relieved ten jail employees of duty, including supervisors. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and will be thorough. It will not only focus on employee actions, but also on corrective policies and procedures,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell.

The alleged incident began when the involved inmate was booked in at the Inmate Reception Center (IRC) on June 19, 2015. Allegations included the inmate not being provided food and being handcuffed for a lengthy period of time following a force incident during which the inmate reportedly assaulted a female deputy. The inmate ate upon entry to the jail, but was allegedly restrained for approximately 32 hours; during that time he received medical attention and a cup of water.

On June 27, 2015, the inmate filed a complaint and an investigation began. The complaint was brought to the attention of Sheriff McDonnell on Thursday, July 9th and a decision regarding personnel actions was made within 24 hours.

The Sheriff’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau have been asked to investigate the entire matter. The Office of Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation were also notified.

Notification was sent yesterday to all custody personnel assigned to IRC reminding them of protocols regarding restraint, checks and feeding of inmates and additional training has been ordered. Further corrective action is pending.

“I am deeply committed to providing the highest levels of constitutional care to those in our charge and will quickly address and remedy any conduct, policies or practices that do not meet this expectation and high standard,” added Sheriff Jim McDonnell.

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