UPDATED: Charges dropped against inmates in jail fight, but DA's office still plans further investigation
Updated On: Aug 08 2013 08:49:46 PM CDT
Prosecutors have dropped battery and hate crime charges against four men accused of starting a racially-motivated fight at the Shasta County Jail.
On Wednesday, officials with the District Attorney's office said none of the alleged victims have been cooperative, and without that the case is impossible to prove.
However, on Thursday, Jared Brox, one of the alleged victims in the fight said he had contacted the District Attorney's Office.
Brox said he is suffering from blurred vision and a hurt knee from the fight that broke out on May 26 and lasted a minute.
Brox said he has attempted to contact the office six or seven times but was unsuccessful and wants charges to be filed against those who he said assaulted him.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Josh Lowery said that while Brox might have contacted the office several times, they have no record of it. Still, Lowery said they want to move forward.
"At this point forward we are going to have an investigator talk to him. We certainly want to hear from Mr. Brox and see what he has to say. It could lead to the re-filing of the charges; that's a possibility," said Lowery.
Lowery said he hopes more victims come forward in the case.
Lowery also added that as far as helping Brox with his medical problems, he needs to contact the Sheriff's Office of the county.
Brox said he is hoping for justice.
After the May fight, four black inmates were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Four white inmates were charged with battery and hate crimes violations.
The men who were charged were believed to be the primary instigators of the fight.
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