Three San Francisco deputies indicted for inmate ‘fight club’

Updated: March 3, 2016
Three San Francisco deputies indicted for inmate 'fight club'

3 San Francisco sheriff’s deputies were charged with arranging “Fight Club” duels between jail inmates, and one of the deputies made prisoners gamble for food, clothing and bedding, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Former Deputy Scott Neu and current Deputies Eugene Jones and Clifford Chiba have been charged with felony and misdemeanor counts in connection with the “fight club” allegations that came to light last year, according to District Attorney George Gascon.

According to court documents, Neu allegedly forced two inmates to fight each other on March 5, 2015, at the county jail on the seventh floor of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St. Chiba was allegedly present during the forced fight and did not stop it.

The next day, Neu and Jones allegedly forced the same two inmates to fight each other again, among other allegations against Neu, according to court documents.

“These are serious crimes that damage the moral authority of law enforcement,” Gascon said in a statement. “Subjecting inmates who are in the care and custody of the state to degrading and inhumane treatment makes a mockery of our justice system and undermines any efforts towards rehabilitation.”

Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who revealed the alleged fight club later last March, planned to discuss the charges against the deputies at a news conference later in the afternoon.