LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a $3.9 million settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit involving an assault on a minor at a juvenile hall.
The minor, identified in court records as J.M.M., suffered a head injury during a fight with another youth at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar in July 2013.
The suit claimed probation officials knew J.M.M. was at risk of being assaulted, failed to protect him and failed to provide appropriate medical attention.
A Probation Department official tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/2wGYkzO ) the agency has improved staff training to increase awareness and monitoring of youth who have sustained head trauma.
The newspaper says there was no misconduct by staff in the case and that the officers named in the suit are still employed by the department.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/