Mistrial declared in inmate deputy assault case

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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department faces federal scrutiny over alleged deputy misconduct.

The high-profile criminal case of a Los Angeles inmate allegedly assaulting deputies has been declared a mistrial.

The alleged assault took place in the downtown Twin Towers jail, and comes at a time when the Sheriff's Department faces federal scrutiny over alleged deputy misconduct.

The Los Angeles Times reports the jury was unable to reach a verdict Wednesday in the battery and resisting arrest trial of 35-year-old James Parker.

Parker testified that deputies were the aggressors in the January incident.

His case was bolstered because the attack was witnessed by American Civil Liberties Union monitor Esther Lin. It triggered an FBI investigation.

She says deputies Richard Ochoa-Garcia and Ryan Hirsch beat Parker for two minutes even though it appeared the inmate was unconscious.

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