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Victim of rape by deputy in LA Jails

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Uploaded on Jan 18, 2012

Frank Mendoza: I remember being arrested for being publicly drunk and being terrified because I was in jail and I had to let them know that I was gay and different. One of the officers made a threat against me and said that he was going to come get me later on. And I remember telling his supervisor the threat this officer just made on me. He said "Mr. Mendoza, you are in LA County Jail. You are in one of the safest facilities around. You have nothing to fear."

Everybody's pod was shut except my pod. And I remember it seemed eerily quiet, and then as I'm looking around I see all the guards dispersing, just leaving. And my pod is still open and i'm wondering what's going on and from of the corner of my eye i see the gentleman, the officer that threatened me earlier, coming towards my cage -- coming towards me. and I just frantically started, I started screaming and yelling, to no avail -- nobody came to my rescue. and he just came in there and manhandled me and stripped me butt naked and sexually assaulted me.

He left me naked, bloodied, and terrified. I remember just being left in the corner, shivering. And when there was a guard change the guard came and he noticed there was something wrong with me. And he even knew my name and he was like "Mendoza, what happened to you?" The moment I told him, he suddenly changed his demeanor and said, "Well, it doesn't look like anything happened to you. You look okay."

There was no forensic evidence taken, no -- it was not treated as a crime at all.

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