FBI to probe allegations of forced San Francisco jail fights

Apr 11, 2015 11:03 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI is investigating allegations that San Francisco sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced the independent probe Friday, and a representative from the FBI confirmed the investigation in an email to The Associated Press. The department's internal affairs unit and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating as well.

The news of the forced fights came in late March from public defender Jeff Adachi, who said four deputies at the county jail threatened inmates with violence if they did not fight each other.

Also on Friday, Mirkarimi announced a $5 million arrest warrant for the capture of inmate Alexander Santiago-Gonzales, who escaped custody last month while a deputy was escorting him to take out the trash. The deputy has been placed on leave.

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