(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff has placed a group of jail employees on leave because of an accusation they neglected an inmate.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell said on Friday that ten employees allegedly handcuffed an inmate and denied that inmate food for about 32 hours.
The inmate had allegedly assaulted a female deputy on June 19.
The department said Friday the inmate did get water and medical attention, but the sheriff called the allegations “troubling.” The inmate has since filed a complaint against the department.
The employees now relieved of duty include two lieutenants, a sergeant, and a senior deputy.
The allegations come less than a month after three LA County Sheriff’s deputies were convicted of severely beating a handcuffed jail visitor and then lying about it, which was part of a bigger FBI probe into abuse and corruption inside the county jails.
The Sheriff’s department said on Friday the alleged neglect case has been reported to the FBI and other departments that have oversight of Sheriff’s department misconduct.
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