VIDEO: Sheriff Releases Footage Of Inmates Deliberately Infecting Themselves

Sandy Malone

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released video footage that showed jail inmates trying to infect themselves.

Los Angeles County, CA – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released video on Monday that showed inmates in a county jail deliberately trying to infect themselves with coronavirus (video below).

Sheriff Villanueva said the surveillance video was filmed at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic on April 26 and explained the sudden 60 percent rise in coronavirus cases in one week in that facility, KCBS reported.

The sheriff called the behavior demonstrated by the inmates on the video “deeply disturbing.”

The video showed inmates deliberately sharing a water bottle that had been used by someone who tested positive for coronavirus, KCBS reported.

The inmates also passed around a mask that had been worn by an infected person and rubbed it on their noses and mouths, the video showed.

“There was some mistaken belief among the inmate population that if they tested positive, there was a way to force our hand and somehow release more inmates out of our jail environment, and that’s not gonna happen,” Sheriff Villanueva said.

Los Angeles County has already reduced its jail population from 17,000 to 11,700 in order to fight the spread of the pandemic in its facilities, KCBS reported.

The sheriff said that at one point in the video, the inmates passed around a hot water bottle immediately before having their temperatures checked by the nurse in an effort to demonstrate symptoms of the virus.

“With the hot water, they were trying to falsely elevate their temperature readings to generate a symptom for COVID-19,” he explained.

Sheriff Villanueva said that within a week of the video, an additional 21 inmates in the Pitchess facility tested positive, KCBS reported.

“Then all of a sudden we saw a spike, a few weeks, ago, a very noticeable jump, and we couldn’t really understand why, when everything seemed to be going the way we wanted to,” he said.

That’s when the authorities went back and reviewed video footage to look for the cause and found the bizarre scene the sheriff released to the public on May 11.

Sheriff Villanueva was furious about what happened, KCBS reported.

“There’s a reason why these people are behind bars to begin with, because they violated the norms of society,” he said. “But to then imperil not only their only safety, but the safety of their fellow inmates who did not want to participate in this behavior. It also endangers all the personnel, both the professional staff and the sworn staff.”

As of May 11, 357 inmates in Los Angeles County jails have tested positive for coronavirus, KCBS reported.

Watch video of the inmates infecting themselves here below:

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JBoH
JBoH

Ya know...this does have an upside...

flybynight
flybynight

Brilliant idea 👍

Andytheman
Andytheman

Any of them die gasping for air in an ICU? Shows why they're where they belong. Stupid

RunCop
RunCop

How about giving them some extra blankets

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

So as I read at the end of the article, pretty much the entire inmate population has tested positive for Covid-19 now. Well, now they don't have to release any more prisoners.

Well done inmates!

unholyone
unholyone

My thoughts and prayers for the correctional officers that have to deal with these morons.

Raymelson
Raymelson

No surprise here if they smart they wouldn't be locked up the mentality of criminals is amazing

NH.Corr
NH.Corr

lol...good let them die!!!

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

Let's build them a tent city on Mayor Bill's front yard!!! We can then have the Band of Merry Men, CopWatch, join in on the fun, providing the alcohol, drugs, and entertainment!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

"Hey! Looky here! I got the virus! Y'all need to set me free!"

Stanracer
Stanracer

Well...clearly you can't fix stupid! 🤔👍🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

bill fuse
bill fuse

Yes there IS an initial cost of health care. However, if a guys got 4-6 yrs in county jail, probably saving county money if they croak from stupidity.

Whutsup
Whutsup

This is one of the benifits of surveillance.

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

Tell each of them to dig a six foot hole first.

suzieb
suzieb

Unbelievable!

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

they are INSANE anybody any inmates who spits at a Officer anybody who spits at a Guard those Inmates Should each get an additional 10Years

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder how all of the celebrities who pushed to have these inmates released feel about this latest turn of events?

cspcapt
cspcapt

Instant justice

JCRPI
JCRPI

Stupid does as stupid is.

RunCop
RunCop

Liberals...not too smart!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Democrats release method at work.

CelticGyrl
CelticGyrl

As a former RN in a state corrections facility, the primary intake facility for the whole state, I saw it all! This doesn’t surprise me one bit. During my service there, I was honored to be appointed to work with the Certified Family Nurse Practitioner on staff to develop a screening, treatment, and monitoring program for inmates with HIV/AIDS. This was in the late 90s. We saw our out of control problem become the model for other states. Those inmates were grateful that we cared enough to go the extra mile to help them manage their disease in less than ideal surroundings. These inmates in this story don’t have a fear of dying from COVID#19 because they haven’t watched the awful process of not being able to breathe. They think it’s a joke. My prayers go out to the corrections staff, medical staff, and others who work day to day in this awful arena. Stay Healthy!

impeachdeeznuts
impeachdeeznuts

This story is far from complete. I'd like to see the followup data on the outcome of this self-initiated experiment. This was just surveillance from ONE pod... what about everyone else? We need at least the following: total number of inmates in the facility, number of inmates who tested positive before the experiment, number of inmates who participated in the experiment, level of contact between pods, number of staff who tested positive - THEN - test the whole facility for active infection (now and in two weeks), test whole facility for antibodies (in 2 weeks) - THEN - analyze the data and find out how many inmates and staff were infected, how many were asymptomatic, how many had symptoms, how many were hospitalized, and how many died.

This data could be used to extrapolate how contagious this thing really is, how many actually get symptoms and which co-morbidities exacerbate those symptoms. Even more interesting is watching the disease process unfold in the RARE fatal cases... many docs are saying the patients who crash hard and die no matter what they do look like they have arsenic poisoning or a fatal case of altitude sickness - severe hypoxia with a complete inability of the red blood cells to carry oxygen. They should all have their vitamin D levels tested while they're at it bc vitamin D deficiency could be why this virus is hitting the black community the hardest.

These inmates have given the medical community the opportunity to grab data from an experiment that would normally result in prosecution for crimes against humanity... they should take advantage of it.

That is unless they don't actually want to know...

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

So do we have 21 dead inmates? What? They all survived? What's the panic about? Covid-19 was such a successful excerize for the diabolical individuals that own the world on so many levels is unbelievable.


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