Victim Speaks After Two LA County Deputies Indicted in Inmate Abuse Case

Jonathan Lloyd, Samia Kha and Beverly White (NBCLA) | February 8, 2014

Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies accused of kicking and punching a handcuffed inmate, then filing false reports about the altercation at Men’s Central Jail, were indicted on federal civil rights charges in connection with an ongoing inmate abuse investigation.

The deputies — Joey Aguiar, 26, and Mariano Ramirez, 38 — are accused of illegally using force against an inmate and then engaging in a cover-up. That cover-up involved bogus reports that led to false prosecution against the victim, according to federal investigators.

Former inmate Brett Philips told KPCC Radio Friday how in 2009, he survived a scuffle with deputies at Men’s Central Jail.

“I had stitches in my head. My lower back was hurting, I had, I was just sore all over,” Philips said. “I still got the scars on my wrists from like the handcuffs were so tight.”

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