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Chaplains say they've witnessed jail abuse

Sept. 28, 2011 at 7:35 AM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Three volunteers at a Los Angeles County jail say they've witnessed sheriff's deputies abusing inmates.

Two chaplains and a Hollywood producer who volunteered at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles have submitted sworn statements expected to be filed in court by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The volunteers allege they witnessed beatings of inmates by deputies in cases where the prisoner appeared not to be resisting. The volunteers said they found supervisors unresponsive to their complaints.

The Times said the FBI was looking into at least two inmate allegations of abuse, as well as an incident in which an ACLU monitor allegedly saw deputies beat an unconscious inmate.

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