Investigator suit says he was beaten by Los Angeles deputies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal civil rights lawsuit filed by an investigator with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office claims he was beaten and unlawfully detained by sheriff's deputies while working last year.

The Los Angeles Times reports the suit filed Tuesday by Maurice Lallem and targets Sheriff Jim McDonnell and a group of deputies.

Lallemand contends he was battered and held by deputies in a patrol car while trying to serve a subpoena at a home — and despite identifying himself as an investigator.

His complaint calls the experience "an inexcusable, despicable and intolerable episode of government-gone-wild."

The suit is a rare public account of one peace officer alleging he was brutalized by a group of other officers.

Representatives of the Sheriff's Department and the district attorney's office did not respond to requests for comment.


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