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Live Discussion: New deputy-abuse allegations in county jails

July 9, 2012 | 10:13 am

A commission looking into misconduct by L.A. County sheriff's deputies at local jails has heard some graphic testimony.

At 12:30 p.m. today, Times reporter Robert Faturechi will discuss the commission during a Google + Hangout on latimes.com. You can leave questions or comments for him below.

The commission, which is investigating allegations of jail violence, was created by the Board of Supervisors soon after news broke last year that the FBI was investigating allegations of inmate abuse and other jail misconduct.

In May, two retired Los Angeles County sheriff's supervisors painted a violent picture of life inside Men's Central Jail, recounting tales of deputies beating prisoners, ignoring bosses, forming cliques and engaging in off-duty misconduct.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's captain who ran the Men's Central Jail fostered a culture of brutality by protecting dishonest deputies and permitting his underlings to use excessive force on inmates, his former lieutenant alleged in testimony Friday.

Capt. Daniel Cruz even joked at the department's annual Christmas party about hitting inmates, according to Michael Bornman, who is now a department captain. While toasting deputies at the party, Cruz allegedly asked a banquet hall full of jailers: "What do I always tell you guys?"

In unison, Bornman said, the jail deputies — many of whom were laughing — responded, "Not in the face."

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