Three corrections deputies were charged with murder on Tuesday in connection with the fatal beating of a mentally ill inmate at a California jail last month, officials said.
Matthew Farris, Jereh Lubrin and Rafael Rodriguez were arrested on Thursday, just over a week after the killing of 31-year-old prisoner Michael James Tyree at the Santa Clara County’s main jail in San Jose.
“These men violated the law, human dignity, and the job that they were sworn to do,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement.
“They may have thought that their violence, enacted late at night in the obscurity of a jail cell and against a helpless and mentally ill inmate, was invisible. Today we see it for all of its brutality,” he added.