- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A deputy says the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has an unwritten rule that says if a jail inmate fights with a deputy, the inmate ends up at a hospital.

Deputy William David Courson testified Wednesday in the federal obstruction-of-justice trial of six department members. He says he learned about the rule at a jail operations training session that was attended by 50 other deputies.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1nmksXb ) says Courson has worked in the jail since graduating from the academy in 2008. He unknowingly told a wired undercover FBI agent about the rule. On Wednesday, he answered questions about it in court.

The defendants in the trial are charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly hiding an inmate informant and trying to thwart an FBI investigation.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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