San Francisco sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on battles between county jail inmates, forcing one to train for the fights and telling them to lie if they needed medical attention, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Since the beginning of March at least four deputies at a county jail threatened inmates with violence or withheld food if they did not fight each other, gladiator-style, for the entertainment of the deputies, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said.
Adachi said the ringleader was Deputy Scott Neu, who was accused in 2006 of forcing inmates to perform sexual acts on him. That case was settled out of court. “I don't know why he does it, but I just feel like he gets a kick out of it because I just see the look on his face,” said Ricardo Palikiki Garcia, one of the inmates who said he was forced to fight. An attorney for the union representing the deputies called the allegations “exaggerated” and said the fighting was “little more than horseplay.”