An inmate named Ernest M. Atencio was hospitalized because of injuries sustained while he was in a Maricopa County jail last week just days after the Justice Department released a report chronicling alleged discrimination in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office led by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Phoenix New Times reports.
Phoenix Police Department spokesman Steve Martos told the New Times that there “was some kind of scuffle” after the inmate was brought into the jail. MCSO’s Jack MacIntyre said in a statement that the inmate was a U.S. citizen who was booked on charges of assault. He said the man was “abusive” and said he was placed ina safe cell and was under observation by medical personnel.
A local news report on the incident is embedded below.