California police officer arrested after beating prisoners

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By: Anika Rao 

A cruel police officer was busted after beating several inmates for no reason, according to police reports.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested Thursday, and charged with six counts related to alleged beatings inflicted on prisoners.

Jermaine W. Jackson, 35, of Corona, California, was charged with two reported assaults, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The alleged beatings took place in the courthouse jail in Compton, the second was at the center of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.

Jackson, who has been a guard assigned to the Twin Towers during the last five years, was arrested and held on $100,000 bail, the sheriff's department said in a news release.

His arrest, which took place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, without incident occurred after several months of investigation by the Sheriff's Office Internal Criminal Investigation Unit.

The investigation, which continues, found that Jackson had "two inmates assaulted twice with a deadly weapon that is, his feet," the office said in a news release. Jackson was relieved of duty without pay, the department said.

He is charged with two counts of assault likely to cause serious bodily injury, two counts of assault under the mantle of authority and two counts of misdemeanor false reporting to a police officer.

An indictment of Jackson could be filed as early as Friday.