The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the residents’ personal rights, subjecting them to deplorable, overcrowded, unsafe and unsanitary living conditions.
“One toilet and one shower for over 50 individuals and filth, dirt, overcrowding, severe overcrowding,” Asst. LA City Attorney Jose Egurbide said.
The punishments included being forced to stand by a tree for up to four hours, being ordered to translate Bible verses for a full day, being locked inside the facility for days, being forced to sleep outside, having their access to the kitchen and pantry blocked and having their county or federal benefit cards confiscated.
Resident James Calixte has experienced some of these so-called punishments.
“I sat (by the tree) for two hours and after I went to go speak to pastor and he decreased my punishment to absolute nothing,” Calixte said.