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United States: the Sheriff of Los Angeles is disputed

LOS ANGELES, U.S. – The sheriff of Los Angeles County, who oversees the largest network in the United States prison, turns a blind eye to abuse of some detainees and must resign, said the American Association of civil Liberties (ACLU) on Wednesday.

Sheriff Lee Baca has denied the accusations and said the ACLU had no intention of leaving the post and he has held for four terms. He and his deputies are responsible for approximately 15 000 prisoners.

The investigation by the ACLU was conducted by a former FBI agent.The 69-year-old ran unopposed in last year’s election but has been criticized releasing a 22page report that referenced 70 sworn statements, including that of a man who says he was severely beaten by guards who accused him of stealing mail. The man added that the guards were then delivered to two other inmates who raped him while a third buried his head in the toilet bowl to stifle his cries.

The investigator Tom Parker claims that the prison system and the sheriff’s office in Los Angeles are characterized by “corruption, intimidation, violence out of control and management of failing or nonexistent.”

Another witness, Padre Paulino Juarez, said he saw three guards beat a handcuffed inmate who begged them to stop.

Sheriff Baca, a 69 year old man was re-elected without opposition last year. He preached publicly for more humane treatment and education of inmates. He also claims that the guards who use excessive force are frequently acknowledged.

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