The San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy who pleaded "not guilty" in March to charges of forcing inmates to fight for his entertainment has a long history of complaints. The Examiner reports that former Sheriff's Deputy Scott Neu was investigated 11 times by internal affairs for charges of excessive force prior to being accused of organizing the Fight Club-esque battles that made national headlines.
“It’s unconscionable that he was left in a position of overseeing the safety of vulnerable people during these ongoing investigations,” Public Defender Jeff Adachi told the paper.
According to the Ex, of the 11 complaints made against Neu, three were decided by investigators to be unsubstantiated, four were allowed to pass the one-year statute of limitations, and the remaining four were never closed or no findings were made.
These 11 investigations do not include a 2006 case, settled out of court, that alleged Neu forced inmates to engage in sexual acts with him.
“The lack of accountability allows that employee to continue working unchecked," Adachi observed. "And that’s what happened with deputy Neu.”
“They took me down to the hallway and told me to fight another inmate, which was Stanley, and told me if I didn’t fight that I would basically get beat up by themselves, by Deputy Neu,” Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, one of the inmates allegedly forced to fight, told the Chronicle. “And he told me he was going to Mace me and cuff me if I didn’t. And he told me anything goes."
The former deputy has been charged with 17 misdemeanor and felony counts in relation to the alleged 2015 Gladiator-style battles.