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Court-appointed panel to monitor use of force in L.A. County jails
Court-appointed panel to monitor use of force in L.A. County jails

A court-appointed panel will now be asked to monitor the use of force by sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles County jails, part of a far-reaching settlement to a lawsuit alleging brutal beatings of inmates. Approved Tuesday by county supervisors, the settlement stipulates that jailers would be directed to only strike an inmate in the head when the inmate poses a serious danger. It also calls for the Sheriff’s Department to revise its written use-of-force policy, provide additional training for jail deputies and institute a system of checks and balances for investigating incidents. In reforming the nation’s largest county jail system, new Sheriff Jim McDonnell will likely...

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