It has recently transpired that police officers abuse teenagers aged 12 to 16 at a leadership camp in California. Several children, who were staying at the camp, declared that the cops were pulling them into dark rooms and punching them.
According to the report released by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the 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."
Children go to the camp to be taught discipline and leadership. The program, which costs $400, is sponsored by the Huntington Park Police Department, South Gate Police Department, and the California National Guard.
Moreover, children were "given towels to clean the blood off of themselves prior to exiting the room after the beatings," the report said.
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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."
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