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ACLU lawsuit claims DA, sheriff supress evidence of deputy-on-inmate violence

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Mark Rosenbaum, ALCU/SC chief counsel, announces lawsuit against the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and the Sheriff's department.

The ACLU of Southern California announced Tuesday a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office is hiding and withholding evidence that could help an inmate facing charges of assault against a deputy.

The lawsuit alleges that the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department hides evidence of deputy assaults on jail inmates by filing complaints improperly. The ACLU says complaint reports against deputies are not filed in deputy employment folders. Instead, they are filed in the folder of whichever inmate submitted the compliant. Therefore, when searching for a deputy’s record of previous alleged assaults or investigations, the ACLU says the search comes up blank or incomplete.

“The response by the Sherriff’s Department is 'we have no such file.' We have no such information because that information has been buried, deliberately buried,” said Mark Rosenbaum, chief counsel for the ACLU/SC.