The family of a Los Angeles County inmate who died while in custody believes the jail was negligent in caring for the man’s injuries. Just days before he died, the inmate called his mother saying he was injured and not receiving medical attention.
The sheriff claims the man was hit in the head after trying to escape. The inmate was only 18 years-old and serving time after being accused of robbery. His family has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the jail and the sheriff who hit him.
This is just one of nearly 78 claims of abuse the Los Angeles jail system has received recently. The American Civil Liberties Union has called for the sheriff’s resignation after a witness’ report was released stating deputies used unnecessary force on inmates.