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Sheriff Baca’s Strike Force: Deputy Violence and Head Injuries of Inmates in LA County Jails

Sheriff Baca’s Strike Force: Deputy Violence and Head Injuries of Inmates in LA County Jails

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Sheriff Baca’s Strike Force:
Deputy Violence and Head Injuries of Inmatesin LA County Jails
 
A report by the ACLU of Southern California,the ACLU National Prison Project, and Paul Hastings
LLP
September 2012
A very special thank youto all of our dedicated and passionatevolunteers, interns, externs, and staff.This report would not have been possible without you.
 
PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
Sarah LiebowitzACLU Foundation o Southern Caliornia, Jails ProjectPeter EliasbergLegal Director, ACLU Foundation o Southern CaliorniaEsther LimJails Project Coordinator, ACLU Foundation o Southern Caliornia John DurrantAttorney, Paul Hastings LLP
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................1II. METHODOLOGY ........................................................................................................................................3III. SEVERE HEAD INJURIES RESULTING FROM HEAD STRIKES AREPREVALENT IN THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY JAILS .......................................................................6IV. PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEDICAL RECORDS CONFIRM MANY OF THEINMATE STATEMENTS ABOUT SIGNIFICANT HEAD INJURIES ..................................................9V. WHEN DEPUTIES MUST USE FORCE AGAINST INMATES, THEY HAVE MOREAPPROPRIATE TACTICS AT THEIR DISPOSAL THAN HEAD STRIKES, WHICHALMOST ALWAYS CONSTITUTE UNREASONABLE AND EXCESSIVE FORCE .....................10VI. CONCLUSION ...........................................................................................................................................11
 
I. INTRODUCTION
Correctional ocers should strike inmates’ heads only as a matter o last resort. But in the Los Angeles County Jails, that is not the reality.As explained below, there is clearevidence that the Los AngelesCounty Sheri’s Department(“LASD”) deputies have used headstrikes with alarming regularity inthe Los Angeles County jails. Inmany o those incidents the headstrikes have caused signicantinjuries. The manner and requencyo such head strikes strongly suggestsan inappropriate use o orce bydeputies.In recent years, Los Angeles Sheri’sdeputies have stomped on inmates’heads, even ater shackling thoseinmates’ hands. They have bashedinmates’ aces into concrete walls.They have ractured inmates’ acialbones – noses, jaws, cheekbones, oreye sockets. The ACLU is aware o least 11 inmates who have had theiracial bones broken by LASD deputies in the past three years. One inmate has lost vision in one eye. Others haveundergone surgery. Sixty-our people have made sworn statements describing incidents in which deputies targeted inmates’ heads orattack between 2009 and 2012. These are not mere unsubstantiated complaints.
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The ACLU has corroborated 12o these allegations o head injuries with secondary evidence, such as medical records, photographic documentation,or civilian reports. In several other instances, inmate witnesses have corroborated reports o deputy-on-inmatehead strikes.I history is any guide, LASD will respond to this evidence by attacking the ACLU
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and blaming inmates. They willargue that inmates’ accounts o deputies using unjustied orce are alse,
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and they will allege that inmates were
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Fity-our declarants are inmates or ormer inmates; one is a visitor to MCJ; our declarants are civilian eyewitnesses; ve areinmates or ormer inmates who witnessed deputies striking other inmates’ heads.
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The day ater the ACLU published its September 2011 report on deputy on inmate abuse in the jails, which included accountso deputies beating inmates rom two jails chaplains, a volunteer jail tutor, and a jail monitor, Sheri Baca stated, “[t]ruth is hardto nd i you’re in a rush, and the ACLU obviously elt a rush to get the report out. They don’t have any substantial proo otherthan accusations,” available athttp://www.scpr.org/news/2011/09/29/29150/la-sheri-baca-dismisses-aclu-report-jail-brutali/.
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In September 2011, an LASD spokesperson responded to a third ACLU report detailing scores o incidents o deputy oninmate abuse by saying that department thoroughly investigated all complaints o abuse that it received and that most wereunsubstantiated. See Jennier Medina, Report Details Wide Abuse in Los Angeles Jail System, NY Times, Sept. 28, 2011, available athttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/us/aclu-suit-details-wide-abuse-in-los-angeles-jail-system.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&hp.In May 2010, the LASD spokesperson responded to an ACLU report containing numerous sworn statements o deputy abuseo inmates by stating that they were “absolutely alse.” See ACLU: LA County jail guards perpetuate violence, KPCC Radio, May5, 2010 available at http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/05/05/14828/aclu-says-la-county-jail-guard-perpetuate-violence/.
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