ACLU Lens: Rachel Maddow Highlights ACLU Report on Abuse in Los Angeles Jails

In an opening segment last night devoted to calling out politicians for attempting to score political points by being “tough on crime,” Rachel Maddow highlighted an ACLU report released yesterday documenting dozens of stories of brutal violence carried out by sheriff’s deputies against inmates at the Los Angeles County Jail, the largest in the nation.

The court-appointed monitor of the jail since 1985, the ACLU has in past reports detailed deputy-on-inmate abuse in the jails. But yesterday’s report is the first in which chaplain and other civilian eyewitnesses come forward with first-hand accounts.

Combined with thousands of complaints from jail prisoners received by the ACLU in the past year alone — many of which describe attacks so severe that inmates required surgeries, suffered long-lasting injuries and experienced psychological trauma — the stories expose pervasive abuse of inmates at the hands of deputies and an ongoing climate of violence.

That’s why the ACLU yesterday called for the immediate resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who is in charge of running the jail, and is asking you to help us call on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Los Angeles County Jail system and put an end to the unconstitutional and unconscionable abuse of the jail's prisoners.

As Maddow herself put it so eloquently:

It is not about whether you like the person who the guy in uniform is beating up. What this is about is the fact that the guy in the uniform is us. That that is in our name. This is a democracy. Government of, for and by the people…These political fights, every bit as much as who we elect in the next election, will write what history says about who we are as a country.

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Correctional institutes CO's are also getting wise to the public being aware of the brutal beatings of the inmates. So they are also getting clever in hiding ways to still succeed in a inmate getting beat up. It was explained to me by an inmate that instead of the CO's doing the beating themselves they simpley take inmates property for punishment to another inmate then announcing that they all had their property taken because of the inmate in question. This allows for the inmates to get really angree at the punished inmate and they beat him up because they got their property taken for no aparent reason but for punishment to the inmate in question.

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