Inmate claims security tape shows deputies shoving him face-first into raw sewage.
A California man is suing the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department, accusing deputies of cruel and unusual punishment.
NBC affiliate KCRA has obtained surveillance video from inside a cell in the Sacramento County Jail.
It shows Drake S. Jones released into the cell.
Minutes later, the video shows a liquid coming out of a drain and flooding the floor.
Jones described it as raw sewage.
The video shows Jones trying to alert officers of the problem.
Nearly 15 minutes later, officers entered the cell and headed straight for Jones.
The plaintiff says the officers forced him onto the ground, face first into the sewage.
"It's totally ridiculous,” said Stewart Katz, the attorney representing Jones. "How do you justify that? They're not judge, jury and executioner. They are not supposed to craft their own little punishments. His great crime was alerting them that, 'Hey, the cell is flooding.'"
According to Jones’ complaint, the incident happened in 2008.
Jones had been arrested for a fight earlier that day, which the district attorney never filed charges for.
In a written response to the complaint, the Sheriff's Department denied the allegations.
Jones said the incident led him to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.
He is now seeking damages.
The trial began Tuesday in U.S. District Court.