LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Federal officials on Tuesday were investigating the alleged beating of an inmate by two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations said the agency is reviewing an incident in which deputies are alleged to have knocked an inmate unconscious, Tasered and beat him for up to two minutes.
American Civil Liberties Union monitor Esther Lim said she witnessed the incident while meeting with another inmate at the Twin Towers jail facility.
KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports an official insists Sheriff Lee Baca and the rest of the department welcomes the scrutiny.
“It’s been looked at from top to bottom,” said spokesman Steve Whitmore. “The sheriff’s department has always said they have no issues with anybody looking at anything we do.”
The FBI will turn its findings over to the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department once the investigation is completed.