Target: Joe Gardner, President of the Los Angeles County Probation Commission
Goal: Fire the officers seen on video footage beating on a juvenile offender until he couldn’t walk from the pain.
Juvenile detention hall officers were caught throwing and severely beating a teenager in recently released video footage from the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles County. In the video, the teenager can been seen exchanging words with several of the guards before three of them lunge at him and slam him into a concrete cot.
The three of them beat on him for an extended period of time, and at one point a fourth walks in to join them in the assault. After that, a supervisor comes in to stand there and watch. Once it’s finally over, the teen has his shorts pulled down to his knees. The child then tries to get up to walk, but doubles over in pain.
This disturbing video comes in the midst of national outrage over the horrible conditions found in juvenile detention facilities and the overuse of traumatizing solitary confinement. One recent report of the main juvenile center in the county described walls covered in urine and scum and a lack of running water.
Juvenile detention, even more than adult prison, is supposed to be about rehabilitation. There’s a reason that children are kept separate from adult detention centers–they’ve made mistakes and need guidance to get back on track so that they can live healthy, happy lives. It’s terrible to beat an adult offender like this, but doing the same to a child is even more traumatizing.
This kind of brutal behavior from juvenile detention guards and their supervisors is absolutely unacceptable and the men in this video beating this child or doing nothing to stop the assault all need to be fired immediate. Sign our petition to demand justice for this brutalized teen.
Dear Mr. Gardner,
The recently released video of four juvenile detention officers throwing and beating on a teenager until he can’t walk from the pain is incredibly disturbing. This has come to light not long after a report that found one of your detention centers to be in terrible shape with urine and scum all over the walls and a lack of running water for the underage inmates.
There is no excuse for brutalizing this child after what appeared to be no more than an exchange of words. This teen will likely be forever traumatized by the beating from a group of officers who were supposed to be there to protect him while other officers, including a supervisor, stood by and watched. We demand that the officers shown in this video are immediately fired and barred from even working in any detention centers in the county in the future.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Stuart McAlpine