Written by Associated Press
(AP) — A group of 32 current and former inmates of a jail in the Los Angeles suburbs will get $2.5 million as part of a settlement of their lawsuits against the San Bernardino County government and sheriff’s department, the Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2vHKZb8 .)
Their attorneys tell the Times that inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga were stunned with Tasers while delivering meals to other inmates, which led to trays of food splattering on the floor.
The attorneys also said the inmates were held at gunpoint while deputies jerked their handcuffed wrists above their heads in a move called “chicken winging.”
The settlement agreement is connected to five federal lawsuits against the county and sheriff’s department, which runs the jail. The Times reports that on Tuesday, under the terms of the settlement, the lawsuits were dismissed.
The Times said it could not immediately reach a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department.