Blow Horn

By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/08/14, 2:00 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Thursday declined to comment on a federal lawsuit filed by six West Valley Detention Center inmates alleging abuse by sheriff’s employees, but said the department is taking the allegations seriously.

The FBI is leading the criminal investigation into the case and Sheriff’s Department is conducting its own administrative investigation, he said.

“What we have learned, thus far, is this appears to be an isolated incident in one part of the facility, he said.

He said the incident is not part of a widespread problem.

Three employees named in the suit no longer work for the department, but the rest still do, McMahon said.