STOCKTON, Calif. — One by one, friends, family and community members wearing "Justice for Jaykie" T-shirts, stepped to the podium at the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning in support of Jacob Servin.
Servin, with the backing of community members, is demanding change within the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office after he said he was brutally beaten by correctional officers in jail.
"A lot of pain. A lot of pain," Servin told ABC10 in the lobby of the county building. "I'm healing, but inside I still have a lot of internal damage."
Last week, the sheriff’s office released surveillance footage from inside the San Joaquin County Jail at the time of Servin’s arrest. The video shows Servin being escorted to a cell with no visible injuries. However, a little more than an hour later he is escorted out of the cell with his face bloodied and bruised.
Servin told ABC10 that he was beaten and called racial slurs by several officers at the county jail after he was arrested for public intoxication after midnight on Dec. 2.
Supporters at Tuesday’s supervisors meeting called for an outside investigation in this incident. They also want authorities to identify the officers who were involved in the altercation.
"These officers beat my brother as if he was not a human being," said Cielo Hernandez, Servin's sister. "This occurred while other officers turned a blind eye."
Bobby Bivens, President of the Stockton NAACP, is calling on San Joaquin District Attorney Tori Verber Salazer to file charges against all of the officers involved.
Verber Salazar promised a transparent, multi-agency investigation into whether the officers broke protocol. She said she expects the investigation to be completed within the next several weeks.
San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow said
Servin's attorney, Sanjay Schmidt, said they have yet to file a lawsuit against the county, but said they are insisting a retired judge from outside of the county to conduct an independent investigation.
"Obviously what they did was inhumane, and they tried to kill me," Servin said. "So, it's not one community, it's the whole world reacting to this heinous crime."
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