A civil rights lawsuit was filed on Wednesday against two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies accused of beating a mentally ill man while he was incarcerated at the L.A. County Jail in 2009.
The alleged victim, Brett Phillips, who is bipolar and has paranoid schizophrenia sat alongside attorney Gloria Allred as she announced the lawsuit.
A federal indictment was issued against the two deputies in February accusing them of punching, kicking and pepper spraying the inmate while he was handcuffed.
The deputies were also accused in the indictment of writing false reports to cover up the abuse.
The alleged attack was witnessed by a jail chaplain who wrote a sworn declaration saying he witnessed the beating.
Liberte Chan reports from Mid-Wilshire for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on May 7, 2014.