Jailhouse chaplain describes alleged inmate beating in court declaration
Chaplain Paulino Juarez, a Catholic deacon, described witnessing a beating at the Men’s Central Jail in February 2009.
In a sworn statement for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Juarez said he saw Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies pounding an inmate pressed against the wall. Juarez said he believed the inmate was handcuffed because he never raised his hands to protect his face from the deputies’ fists, instead shouting: “I am doing nothing wrong; please stop.”
The inmate, Juarez said, collapsed face first. His “body lay limp and merely absorbed their blows” as the deputies continued kicking, the chaplain said.
Sources: American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California