Update: This article originally stated that the accused police officers were with San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. This statement was incorrect. As is made clear in this press release, the Sheriff’s office is the investigating agency in this case. We apologise for this error.
Several children aged 12 to 16 have come forward declaring that they were abused at the hands of cops at at 20 week “leadership camp” in California.
The police training camp claims to teach ‘discipline and leadership’ in order to keep kids out of trouble and reduce family conflict. The program, which costs $400, is sponsored by the Huntington Park Police Department, South Gate Police Department, and the California National Guard.
However, police have been accused of pulling children into dark rooms and punching, choking and beating them.
A report filed by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services details the abuses, with children claiming that cops “slapped, punched, and stepped on their hands and backs while doing push-ups” and “took them into a dark room where they were beaten if they did not meet the expectations of the camp supervisors.”
The report also notes that children were “given towels to clean the blood off of themselves prior to exiting the room after the beatings.”
Pictures from the camp shows police officers dressed like army drill sergeants, watching over children doing push ups.
An attorney for the families told reporters that two cops in particular, known as the “Gomez Brothers”, would take kids and “put their arms, forearms up against their neck, push them against the wall, and then both brothers would beat them,”
The Attorneys involved in the case also revealed that the police named in the report have not been fired or suspended, and have only been reassigned at this time.
A statement released Monday by South Gate Police Capt. James Teeples said “Recently, we received notification from some participants in the program who made allegations concerning the disciplinary measures and tactics used by members of both organizations. Both agencies believe in complete transparency and take all allegations very seriously.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.