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Hangover Producer Scott Budnick Among Those Putting National Heat on LA Sheriff Lee Baca

A report from the Southern California ACLU on the dangerous state of LA County’s jail system is garnering national attention. The ACLU was able to round up three civilian witnesses who came on the record to talk about witnessing severe cases of unprovoked deputy on inmate beatings. Interestingly, among those to talk is Hangover producer Scott Budnick, who volunteers inside the LA jail system. Budnick says he witnessed multiple cases of abuse. In one instance he saw deputies kicking and punching a inmate on the floor, all while shouting “stop resisting.”

Also of note: In its story on the ACLU report, the New York Times picked up on the story of Juan Pablo Reyes, whose story I broke in my LA Justice Report piece “Dangerous Jails” a little over a week ago. Reyes says he was beaten by deputies, stripped naked and thrown in a cell with gang members who raped him repeatedly inside Men’s Central Jail. The Times doesn’t mention Reyes by name, but they lede with his story.

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