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castro v. county of los angeles, et al.

civil rights


the case

Plaintiff was arrested for being drunk in public and housed in a “sobering cell” at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s West Hollywood Station. A few hours after his arrest, he was attacked by another intoxicated arrestee who had been placed in the cell with him. The officer on duty at the jail failed to respond to Castro’s pounding on the cell door despite evidence that the officer was well within range to hear the pounding. Castro suffered facial fractures and a traumatic brain injury. Defendants disputed liability, as well as the nature and extent of Plaintiff's damages. After a six-day trial in the District Court for the Central District of California, a jury returned a verdict for Plaintiff.

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