3 San Francisco Deputies Charged for Orchestrating Inmate ‘Fight Club’

Inmates at this jail were forced to fight, according to the San Francisco DA's office.
Inmates at this jail were forced to fight, according to the San Francisco DA’s office.

Three current and former San Francisco sheriff’s deputies were charged Tuesday with ordering inmates to fight one another in the county jail, authorities announced.

The trio of deputies face a host of felony and misdemeanor charges for orchestrating the brawls in what prosecutors described as a jailhouse “fight club.”

In one case last year, a deputy allegedly ordered two inmates to fight one another and threatened to mace, shock or beat them if they refused, authorities said.

The two inmates fought each other because they felt they had no choice, according to a press release by San Francisco County District Attorney George Gascon.

One of the inmates was substantially larger than the other and injured the smaller man’s ribs in the forced bout, the release said.

Gascon described the alleged conduct of the deputies as “degrading and inhumane treatment” that “makes a mockery of our justice system.”

“We, in conjunction with our law enforcement partners, will continue to seek out injustices such as these and hold those entrusted with upholding and enforcing the law to the highest standard,” David J. Johnson, the FBI’s top ranked agent in San Francisco said in joint statement with the Gascon.

The FBI assisted DA’s investigators in the probe.

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SOURCE: CNN, Scott Glover

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