I like the movie version better…In San Francisco, three Sheriff’s office deputies are charged with running their own “Fight Club” at a jail. They would allegedly force inmates to fight each other while law enforcement watched.
Former Officer Scott Neu and Officers Eugene Jones and Clifford Chiba are now facing various felony and misdemeanor criminal charges. The San Francisco DA claims that the deputies forced the fight between two inmates with a weight difference of over 200 pounds on March 5 of last year.
The two inmates, R. Garcia and S. Harris were threatened with a transfer to a stricter jail unless they fought each other. Deputies also threatened the men with beatings and mace unless they fought. One of the inmates suffered a cracked rib and both men suffered bruises and cuts.
Scott Neu was the ringleader and also forced inmates into gambling in exchange for cleaner clothing and food. The losers were punished by solitary confinement and extreme exercise bouts.
These crimes came to light when an inmate told his public defender about them. An investigation revealed all of the odd details.
“We call this sort of a “Game of Thrones” gladiator fight…they were betting money on the winner” the DA said in a prepared statement.
Neu’s criminal defense attorney disagreed, saying that there was never any fight club. Rather he claimed his client allowed two inmates to wrestle in order to settle a disagreement.
Scott Neu was charged with four counts of assault, four counts of making threats and multiple counts of inflicting cruel and unusual punishment.