Ernest Atencio dies after fight with deputies at Sheriff Joe Arpaio jail
The embattled Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office, which is accused of committing wide-ranging civil rights violations against Latinos in a U.S. Justice Department report, is now at the center of a new controversy.
An attorney for Ernest Atencio claims as the Justice Department’s report was being released Friday, deputies fought with his client, a scuffle that led to Atencio’s death.
After the Phoenix jailhouse fight, Michael Manning told The Associated Press, Atencio had no brain activity and had marks from a stun gun used on his body.
“At this stage, we all have to give the MCSO the benefit of the doubt, but based on prior experience with these people, I have plenty of doubt,” Manning said, adding that the Sheriff’s Department needs to release surveillance video that was captured during the scuffle.
When contacted by ABC News, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said while the department can offer no comment on the case right now, a comprehensive report will be released along with surveillance recordings by Friday evening.
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