New Story by San Jose Mercury News Reveals More than 300 Excessive Force Complaints in Santa Clara County Jails
Less than two weeks ago, the San Jose Mercury News published a story reporting that inmates in Santa Clara County jails have filed over 300 excessive force complaints against jail guards since 2010. More alarming than that, is the fact that only 14 of the complaints resulted in formal internal affairs investigations. According to the article, through September 30th, 2015, inmates filed 65 excessive force complaints—a considerable increase over the 48 excessive force complaints filed in all of 2014.
Of the 300 excessive force complaints, five resulted in officer or guard discipline. A figure which is shockingly low based upon the volume of complaints. Of course, the Santa Clara County Jails have an incentive to exonerate its officers and guards and to find that excessive force was not used. However, the reality that excessive force may be routinely used by the officers and guards can no longer be overlooked. Two months ago, Santa Clara County jail inmate, Michael Tyree, was beaten to death by three jail guards. Only then, did the head of the Santa Clara County jails, Sheriff Laurie Smith, announce that her office had reopened several investigations arising from excessive-force complaints.
The Piccuta Law Group handles cases where an individual’s civil rights have been violated by a government employee or agent. If you or a loved one have had your rights violated, and were a victim of excessive force, wrongful detention or false arrest, contact our law firm today. One of our attorneys will discuss your case with you and provide you a full-service consultation for free.