Cruelty in LA Jails

The Ninth Circuit on Monday vacated partial summary judgment for L.A. County and its former Sheriff Lee Baca, and reversed and remanded denial of a new trial in favor of pretrial detainee Lecia Shorter, who alleged inadequate medical care, unconstitutional conditions of confinement, humiliating and invasive strip searches, “and that jail officials routinely left noncompliant detainees naked and chained to their cell doors, for hours at a time without access to food, water, or a toilet.”

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Sue the Sheriff

A former officer Los Angeles County sheriff’s officer who says he was one of the few officers willing to testify in the corruption probe that led to the convictions of Sheriff Lee Baca, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and others claims in a federal complaint that he was “repaid for his acts of courage by shunning, humiliation and ultimately the termination of his career.”

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