Two retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s supervisors Monday painted a violent picture of life inside Men’s Central Jail, recounting for a county jails commission tales of deputies beating prisoners, ignoring bosses, forming cliques and engaging in off-duty misconduct.
A fire department captain testified Monday in a hearing for two Fullerton police officers charged in the beating death of Kelly Thomas that when he first arrived on scene “nothing was being done” to help the mentally ill homeless man.
Capt. Rob Stancyk of the Fullerton Fire Department testified that seven or eight Fullerton police officers were standing around a bus depot when paramedics arrived, about 15 feet from Thomas, who he said was lying on the ground.
"Nothing was being done," Stancyk said.
Stancyk testified that initially the officers on the scene were complaining about their injuries, but that then he turned and saw Thomas on the ground, barely breathing.