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Lawsuit Claims Deputies Beat Sonoma County Jail Inmates

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SANTA ROSA (AP) —

Two former Sonoma County jail inmates have filed a lawsuit claiming they were beaten and tortured for hours by guards and they say they are not the only ones.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Marquis Martinez of Santa Rosa and Daniel Banks of Petaluma filed a federal lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

They are seeking unspecified damages from the county and Sheriff Steve Freitas as well as the appointment of a special monitor to oversee use-of-force incidents and report findings to the court for a three-year period.

Banks tells KGO-TV he and some two dozen other inmates were beaten viciously on May 28 in the jail’s maximum security unit.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Monday evening categorically denying “the outrageous and inflammatory accusations delineated in the complaint.”