LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Figures released to the public Tuesday showed the number of use-of-force reports in Los Angeles County jails are outpacing last year’s number, but an attorney to the County Board of Supervisors said the trend is not cause for concern.
As of July 6, 310 use-of-force reports against inmates had been recorded in 2013. A total of 479 reports were recorded for all of 2012, according to the county.
Merrick Bobb, special counsel to the Board of Supervisors who has reviewed county jail conditions for decades, said he was following the numbers carefully. He noted that three-quarters of reported incidents involve the lowest level of force possible.
“At this point, I’m not terribly concerned,” Bobb said.
The lowest level incidents are those that do not result in complaints or injuries and are ruled to be in line with department policy, Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald said.
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