- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Four former Sonoma County jail inmates have joined a civil rights lawsuit claiming they were beaten by guards while locked up last year.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/23ba8cb) that there are now six men who are part of the federal suit stemming from the alleged incident May 28.

They are seeking unspecified damages from the county and Sheriff Steve Freitas as well as the appointment of a special monitor to oversee use-of-force incidents and report findings to the court for a three-year period.

The men claim they and two dozen other inmates were beaten viciously in the jail’s maximum security unit.

Freitas has denied any wrongdoing, saying deputies were responding to a coordinated mass disturbance that threatened staff and inmate security.

The suit was originally filed in October in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com


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