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‘The beginning of an OnlyFans video’: Jailers were watching porn and didn’t notice noose hanging in jail cell, inspection report says

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 photo, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Men's Central Jail facility is seen in Los Angeles. A new federal civil rights indictment alleges that two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies beat a handcuffed prisoner at the Men's Central Jail. The four-count indictment returned by a grand jury late Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, follows earlier indictments of 18 current and former Los Angeles County deputies on corruption and civil rights offenses. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Men’s Central Jail facility is seen in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Eight jailers at a beleaguered downtown Los Angeles jail were watching porn when they overlooked a noose hanging in the jail cell of a suicidal inmate, a new inspection report said.

The jailers — LA County Sheriff’s deputies — were caught during a recent inspection of “1750 Unit” at downtown’s Men’s Central Jail, which inspectors noted was extremely hot and humid with no natural light, had trash in the hallways and a whole host of other problems, according to the report by Haley Broder and Eric Miller, commissioners with the LA County Sybil Brand Commission on Institutional Inspections.

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    “To me, it looked like the beginning of an OnlyFans video or something,” Miller told the LA Times. “It was women in underwear, and it certainly didn’t look like they were going to put more clothes on. It looked like they were going to take them off.”

    Broder told The Times the conditions in the lockup were terrible.

    “There was just continuous neglect and bad conditions,” she said. “People were saying they were hungry. We saw people with giant open wounds. The trash was just everywhere — there’s so much trash. It smells. There are fires. And it seems, in general, there is just a genuine lack of interest in changing that situation.”

    The porn watching came to light as commissioners conducting the inspection discovered a “self-constructed noose” hanging from the ceiling of a cell.

    “Though unlikely to support the incarcerated person’s weight, the noose was obvious to anyone looking into the cell and its presence was consistent with the suicidal ideation articulated by the incarcerated person while taking his shower,” the report said.

    When the commissioners reported the noose to deputies — eight of whom were sitting in an office watching a video on a large-screen TV — they said they’d check on the cell later and continued watching the video, the report said.

    The commissioners left, completed their inspection of the various rows in the unit and returned to the office where the deputies remained watching a “sexually explicit video on their wide-screen television,” the report said.

    It was only when a female commissioner walked in that “the deputies hurriedly removed the video from the screen.”

    Inspectors also noted the office had been covered with stickers, including a “Gadsden Flag” — a depiction of a curled snake usually with a “don’t tread on me” logo — and an anti-President Joe Biden sticker.

    When the commissioners followed up on the status of the noose, they found it had been pulled down and thrown on the floor outside the cell.

    One of the commissioners spoke with the inmate — who was still in the shower — and confirmed he had suicidal ideation.

    When one deputy was told of the need for additional mental health support and for the inmate’s suicidal ideation to be taken seriously, the deputy “shrugged the request off,” the report said.

    In a statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said several issues in the inspection report were addressed, and an investigation into the eight deputies was underway.

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    “The department investigates all allegations of misconduct and expects its personnel to perform its responsibilities in a professional manner in accordance with department policy,” the statement read. “When violations of policy and procedures are discovered, personnel are held accountable.”

    The ACLU, which has served as a court-appointed monitor of LA County jails since 1985, called Men’s Central “a windowless dungeon” long plagued by “savage deputy on-inmate violence.”

     

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