Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

SF sheriff’s deputies forced inmates to fight, officials allege

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San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Photo: Seth Hemmelgarn

San Francisco sheriff’s deputies allegedly forced at least two inmates to fight each other and one of the deputies is suspected of threatening a male inmate with rape, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today (Thursday, March 26) at a press conference with Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

Adachi and Mirkarimi said another agency would be asked to conduct an investigation. They couldn’t say how long the alleged fights have been happening or how many inmates may have been involved.

In a recent phone interview with Adachi, inmate Ricardo Palikiko Garcia said that deputies had forced him to fight and bet against him. Garcia said Deputy Neu, whose first name wasn’t immediately available, “told me he was what would happen if I didn’t fight, which was beating me up, cuffing me, and macing me.”

Garcia said he was made to fight Stanley Harris, another inmate.

“The first fight we were fighting, tussling, wrestling, and punching each other up until I got Stanley into a headlock, and then he eventually tapped out,” which ended the fight, Garcia said.

Harris told Adachi that Neu threatened him “sexually” in an “embarrassing” way.

“He’ll kinda tell me he’ll take my cheeks or something like that,” he said. When Adachi asked him what he understood that to mean, Harris said, “Like taking my ass or fucking me or something.” Neu was accused several years ago of sexually assaulting a male inmate, according to Adachi. (Recordings of Adachi’s interviews with the inmates, who are clients of his office’s, were played at a press conference today.)

The alleged incidents first came to the attention of one Adachi’s attorneys earlier this month when a client’s father reported the fighting.

Mirkarimi, who said he first learned of the reports from Adachi this morning, said the deputies allegedly involved have been reassigned, and he plans to invite the state Attorney General Kamala Harris or U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more on this story in the Thursday, April 2 edition.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 26, 2015 @ 2:43 pm PST
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