A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy got 12 months in federal prison for lying to FBI agents about beating a handcuffed man in 2011 at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Byron Dredd and five other deputies were assigned to the Visiting Center at Men’s Central Jail. On February 26, 2011, the victim went to the jail to visit his incarcerated brother. Suspecting that the victim had a mobile phone, the deputies handcuffed him and brought him to an employee break room.Deputies then beat the defenseless and handcuffed victim. Dredd watched the unjustified beating through a window from an adjacent room. Then, to add insult to injury, the deputies wrote up false police reports and charged the victim with several crimes, including resisting an officer and battery. The charges later were dismissed.
During a FBI civil rights investigation into the assault, Dredd lied to the FBI during an interview on July 17, 2012 when he falsely told the FBI that the victim was the aggressor, that he saw the victim take a swing at a deputy, that the victim tried to push past a deputy in an attempt to escape, and that he saw the victim punch a deputy in the chest. The five deputies who participated in the beating and cover-up of the handcuffed victim were convicted and sentenced to prison, including former Sergeant Eric Gonzalez, who is serving an eight-year prison term after being found guilty of violating the victim’s civil rights and falsifying reports.
What was the deputies thinking?