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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sheriff Deputies Accused of Forcing Inmates to Fight Each Other

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 4:14 PM

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Local law enforcement is outdoing the Catholic Church when it comes to bad press. Today, Public Defender Jeff Adachi accused San Francisco Sheriff’s deputies of staging fights between prisoners in county jail, and placing bets on who would win. 

Adachi decided to go public now with these allegations after getting word that another fight between prisoners was being planned for next week. 

Adachi penned a pointed letter to Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi outlining all the allegations, requesting that "you take immediate action and at a minimum, remove the deputies involved from any position where they have any contact with prisoners, including the clients they have harmed."

Adachi also alleged that one of the prisoners forced to fight was injured with a cracked rib. 

Four deputies have been involved in the staged fights, but the ringleader is Scott Neu, who was also accused in a 2006 civil rights lawsuit of sexually tormenting several female inmates, the Examiner reports. 

Ricardo Palikiko Garci, an inmate who has become a witness in the allegations, said he was forced to fight another inmate named Stanley Harris. Garcisaid he thinks Neu takes great pleasure in staging these fights. "I feel like he gets a kick out of it because I just see the look on his face and, you know, It looks like it brings him joy by doing this," Garci said.
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