FBI investigation targets LA County jails

LOS ANGELES

Agents say they are looking into allegations in at least two separate cases.

The investigation follows complaints by the /*American Civil Liberties Union*/ that one of its jail monitors saw deputies beat an inmate unconscious.

L.A. County Sheriff's officials say /*FBI*/ agents have apparently gone as far as helping smuggle a cellphone into one facility to communicate with a prisoner.

Officials say the federal investigation is not warranted because several independent agencies already keep a close eye on L.A. County jails.

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