SANTA CLARA (AP) — Two Santa Clara County correctional deputies have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct, including assaulting an inmate.
The deputies were arrested last month for unrelated incidents. They were freed on bail and were on administrative leave Friday.READ MORE: East Bay Fire Departments Ready Their Resources for Dry, Dangerous Season
The Sheriff’s Office says one deputy allegedly struck an inmate without justification last August. The other is suspected of secretly recording his supervisors last July.READ MORE: Evacuations Ordered as Wildfire Burns in Butte County North of Chico
Spokesman Reginald Cooks says the Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to “the highest standards of professional conduct” and adds that “arresting one of your own is never a proud moment.”
The department has been trying to make correctional reforms after a series of alleged assaults and scandals, including the 2015 beating death of a mentally ill jail inmate.MORE NEWS: Sunnyvale Police Arrest Man Suspected of Homicide Following Fight With an Associate
Three guards are awaiting trial for murder in that case.