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Jail beating case: Inmates to receive $210,000

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A federal jury awarded $210,000 in punitive damages to five inmates beaten at the Mens Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

A federal jury awarded $210,000 in punitive damages to five inmates beaten at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (KABC Photo)

A federal jury has awarded $210,000 in punitive damages to five inmates who were beaten at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. The incident took place five years ago.

Seven jurors took two hours to deliberate Tuesday and awarded the damages against the sheriff's deputies' supervisors, not the deputies themselves.

On Nov. 7, the same jury found 27 Los Angeles County deputies or supervisors liable for using excessive force against inmates at Men's Central Jail in 2008.

The deputies beat inmates and used a Taser on them while they were unconscious. Nineteen inmates had to be hospitalized, suffering everything from seizures to fractured legs, skulls and eye sockets.

The Sheriff's Department called the deputies' actions "necessary" and said that the inmates are considered the worst of the worst and were ready to fight. The Sheriff's Department said it would consider an appeal.

The L.A. County supervisors are expected to pay the damages.

On Friday, Oct. 18, a jury found embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca responsible in another inmate beating case.

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