05/10/2011 02:28 pm ET Updated Jul 10, 2011

Men's Central Jail Guards Sued By Sheriff's Department

It has the hallmarks of a police brutality claim: Allegations of violence and excessive force, blamed on poor training and discipline.

But this lawsuit was filed by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department against deputies who, with them, worked at the Men's Central Jail, the nation's largest jail facility.

The lawsuit, chronicled in The Times last week, accuses the Sheriff's Department of allowing deputies in the jailhouse ranks to behave like the gang-bangers they guard.