The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deserves praise for an investigation that led to the arrest of a deputy assigned to the jails for allegedly beating two inmates and filing false reports about the incidents.
The arrest, however, also raises some troubling questions. For example, why did it take the department so long to investigate alleged beatings that took place in 2009 and 2010? A spokesman for the department said its internal criminal investigation bureau first launched a probe earlier this year into reports that Deputy Jermaine Jackson beat inmates.
I understand that the Sheriff’s Department must be very busy and reports of abuse aren’t always credible or easily verified, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.
At least one of the alleged beatings was caught on tape, according to the department. And Derek Griscavage, an inmate at the Twin Towers jail, complained about the abuse, even contacting the ACLU and providing a sworn statement describing how Jackson allegedly assaulted him in December 2010. In the affidavit, Griscavage describes losing consciousness shortly after he was forced to walk to an area of the jail where four or five deputies were waiting. He woke up in the hospital, where he was treated for a broken nose, black eyes and other injuries.