Morning Brief: LA County’s ‘Human Rights Disaster,’ Landlord Screenings, And Fortune Feimster
Good morning, L.A. It’s May 2.
Earlier this year, we published a story about L.A. Sheriff’s deputies working in county jails who allegedly ignored COVID-19 safety protocols and discouraged detainees from getting vaccinated.
Now, my colleagues Robert Garrova and Emily Elena Dugdale have found that problems with health care in local jails run much much deeper than that. They write:
Some current and former medical staff members describe a working environment that is dysfunctional, abusive and detrimental to providing health care. One county health care worker calls the situation in the jails a daily “human rights disaster.”
Part of the problem seems to come from the top. The jails’ Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sean Henderson, is currently named in two lawsuits, and has been called “sadistic” and “abusive” by former colleagues. Some of the complaints have been presented to the office of L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, whose district includes the county jails.
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Several health care workers at the jail who spoke to Robert and Emily for the story asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation. One current jail health care worker described conditions in which incarcerated people who need medical care are denied because deputies or medical staff members say they’re too dirty, might be lying about needing care, or are too difficult to remove from their cell.
The allegations come more than two decades after L.A. County was cited by the U.S. Department of Justice for mistreating and abusing incarcerated people suffering from mental illness.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.
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Before You Go ... Netflix Is Putting Fortune Feimster In Everything
Netflix is in the midst of promoting what it bills as an absolutely massive comedy festival, “Netflix is a Joke.” Among those on the docket is Fortune Feimster, who brings her gentle personality to the stage along with rapidly becoming one of the most high-profile LGBTQ+ comedians today.
My colleague Mike Roe spoke to Feimster about her plans for the festival, her upcoming appearances on the small screen, and what it feels like for the spotlight to be so bright.