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A civilian jail monitor said she witnessed two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies treat an inmate like "a punching bag," unjustifiably beating him as he lay unconscious for at least two minutes, according to a court declaration filed Monday by the ACLU.
The representative for the civil liberties organization was at Twin Towers jail for an unrelated meeting with another inmate when, according to her declaration, she heard thuds from outside the room she was in. Through a window, she said, she saw two deputies punching, kicking and Tasering an inmate.
Moral of the story, it happens commonly, and in most cases it is well-deserved, although there are many cases on ATS that are obvious abuses of authority. Sometime it is just bad guys getting exactly what they ask for.
They are the extreme exception, and they make the news because they are the extreme exception
The lawsuit is one of a slew filed since Jessie Lee Williams Jr. died, two days after being beaten at the jail in February 2006. Corrections officer Ryan Teel was convicted in Williams’ death earlier this year and sentenced to two life sentences. Other corrections officers have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
Jail Beating And Abuse Lawsuits Rain Down On Harrison County Mississippi GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI - A Texas resident has filed suit against the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, claiming he was beaten and abused at the county jail in an incident in 2005. The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, claims Gary Brice McBay was brutally beaten at the jail by corrections officers in the department after he was arrested Nov. 6, 2005, allegedly for being drunk in public. The lawsuit also charges officials within the department denied and covered up the abuse after McBay complained about the incident and that he was denied medical care. According to the lawsuit, McBay was hog-tied in the booking room and later taken into a shower where there were no surveillance cameras and beaten. The suit alleges McBay was held down by officers who repeatedly struck him in the face and head and that his head was slammed into a drain inside the shower. The lawsuit also claims both McBay’s eyes were swollen, bruised and blackened, he had a laceration in the shape of an “X” on his forehead, his face was disfigured and his nose was broken and crooked. The lawsuit is one of a slew filed since Jessie Lee Williams Jr. died, two days after being beaten at the jail in February 2006. Corrections officer Ryan Teel was convicted in Williams’ death earlier this year and sentenced to two life sentences. Other corrections officers have pleaded guilty and been sentenced. A lawsuit represents one side of a legal argument. Cy Faneca, who represents the Sheriff’s Department, could not be reached for comment. Defendants in the lawsuit include Sheriff George Payne Jr.; the Harrison County Board of Supervisors; Maj. Wayne Payne; Diane Gatson-Riley, former warden; Steve Campbell, who ran the professional standards unit; former supervisor Rick Gaston and corrections officers Teel, Morgan Thompson and four unnamed officers; the American Correctional Association and its executive director, James Gondles Jr., and three employees; and Health Assurance LLC and two of its employees. McBay’s attorney, Robert Harenski, said he is not seeking a specific amount of money in damages, but he does want payment for actual and compensatory damages, past, current and future. Earlier this year Michael Shane Stephens also filed suit in U.S. District Court against the Sheriff’s Department and several corrections officers, claiming a deputy struck him with a car after a chase on Interstate 10. The lawsuit claims Stephens began running but was told to lie on the ground. After that, the suit claims, officers took turns beating and hitting Stephens and one of them stomped on his head. Stephens is seeking at least $3 million in damages.
There are as of 2006, 683,396 full time state, city, university and college, metropolitan and non-metropolitan county, and other law enforcement officers in the United States. There are approx. 120,000 full time law enforcement personnel working for the federal government adding up to a total number of 800,000 law enforcement personnel in the U.S.
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The ones that do make the MSM are probably the worst of the worst, and they probably deserve all the attention they get, and the police involved probably deserve the book thrown at them.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports * 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day. * 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions. * 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions. * 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. (These crimes involve someone the child does not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.)
That is a little off-topic, but I totally agree.