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    CA - A dozen-plus L.A. County deputies face arrest in jail abuse probe

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...#axzz2n0Z8qAKn

    More than a dozen current and former "sworn officers" from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are expected to be arrested as part of a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside the county's jails, according to sources familiar with the arrests.

    At least three people — including a lieutenant, a sergeant and a deputy — were taken into custody by FBI agents as part of a federal obstruction of justice probe into how sheriff's officials handled an FBI informant at the center of the jail investigation, one source familiar with the probe said......

    The arrests followed grand jury hearings into whether sheriff's officials hid inmate Anthony Brown from his FBI handlers. At least one witness testified that sheriff's officials moved the inmate and changed his name in an attempt to hide him from federal agents, and that top officials in the department played a role in the plan, according to another source familiar with the grand jury testimony.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...#ixzz2n0c0wBkT

    Brown was compiling info on abuse in the jail for the FBI.


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    FBI arresting LA County sheriff's deputies in jail probe

    http://www.laobserved.com/archive/20...a_county_s.php

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    Thanks, fran! From your link:

    Noon update: NBC's Andrew Blankstein says that in all 18 deputies "were either arrested without incident or were expected to surrender Monday to agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation....None of those arrested ranked higher than lieutenant."


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    Well, remember Christopher Dorner? His manifesto. They were going to investigate LAPD. I'm not in anyway condoning what that man did, btw.

    http://www.policymic.com/articles/26...rner-manifesto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Know? View Post
    Well, remember Christopher Dorner? His manifesto. They were going to investigate LAPD. I'm not in anyway condoning what that man did, btw.

    http://www.policymic.com/articles/26...rner-manifesto
    Oh boy, do it remember it! I started the original thread when the first 2 people were killed in the parking lot and nobody knew what was going on.

    I don't condone anything he did but maybe it did cause LE to look into some of the things he said.


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    Dorner was LAPD and this is LA County Sheriff. Although they at times work or co-ordinate together, LAPD is just within city limits and Sheriff is County wide and maintains the jail. LAPD wears black uniforms and Sheriff is light brown or kinda beige. Members of each department do not have authority over the other. There's a police chief for LAPD, and then the Sheriff (head sheriff) is an elected official.

    FWIW, from my link above, there's supposed to be a news conference this afternoon at 3:30.

    JMHO
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    http://www.laobserved.com/archive/20...a_county_s.php

    12:45 update: Sheriff Lee Baca has called a 3:30 news conference at headquarters in Monterey Park.

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    18 Los Angeles sheriff's officials indicted, accused of abuse, obstruction

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...#ixzz2n1SqiJ1Q



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    18 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies indicted in FBI jail probe
    About 16 of the 18 current and former sheriff’s deputies were arrested by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation of inmate abuse in the nation’s largest jail system. The arrests were allegedly related to the abuse and allegations that sheriff’s officials moved an FBI informant in the jails to thwart their probe.



    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...#ixzz2n1ThSPR9



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    Quote Originally Posted by fran View Post
    Dorner was LAPD and this is LA County Sheriff. Although they at times work or co-ordinate together, LAPD is just within city limits and Sheriff is County wide and maintains the jail. LAPD wears black uniforms and Sheriff is light brown or kinda beige. Members of each department do not have authority over the other. There's a police chief for LAPD, and then the Sheriff (head sheriff) is an elected official.

    FWIW, from my link above, there's supposed to be a news conference this afternoon at 3:30.

    JMHO
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    http://www.laobserved.com/archive/20...a_county_s.php


    12:45 update: Sheriff Lee Baca has called a 3:30 news conference at headquarters in Monterey Park.
    Thanks, fran, for the explanation about the 2 depts.

    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyHop View Post
    18 Los Angeles sheriff's officials indicted, accused of abuse, obstruction

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...#ixzz2n1SqiJ1Q
    Also from your link, read the documents:

    http://documents.latimes.com/jails-under-scrutiny/

    Wow, they had their own little kingdom set up and just arrested and abused whoever they wanted, even visitors to inmates.


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    OMG, they even unlawfully arrested an Austrian diplomat! Sounds like that department was rotten to the core.


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    holy crap!

    don't mess with the FBI kids


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    Sheriff Baca Defends Department On LA Sheriff's Officers Charged with Crimes In Jail Abuse Case

    LOS ANGELES (Fox 11/AP) -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he's troubled by the charges against 18 current and former deputies who have been arrested as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system.

    Read more: http://www.myfoxla.com/story/2417440...#ixzz2n1splwdU

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    Deputies Considered Selves ‘Above the Law,’ U.S. Atty Says of Jail Probe

    Four grand jury indictments and a criminal complaint were unveiled after 16 of the defendants were taken into custody Monday morning, most of them at Sheriff’s Department facilities, authorities said.

    The FBI’s “wide-ranging” investigation was continuing into alleged corruption and civil rights abuses at downtown L.A. jail facilities, André Birotte Jr. , U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

    Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/12/09/fbi-arres...#ixzz2n1tU6LBb



    FWIW, please keep in mind the LA Sheriff Dept has 10K employees. This is only 18 of their personnel.

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    18 Los Angeles sheriff's deputies arrested in federal jail investigation

    LOS ANGELES – Federal officials on Monday unsealed five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system.

    The charges were announced at a press conference after 16 of 18 defendants were arrested earlier in the day. They were expected to be arraigned later in U.S. District Court.

    "These incidents did not take place in a vacuum -- in fact, they demonstrated behavior that had become institutionalized," said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. "The pattern of activity alleged in the obstruction of justice case shows how some members of the Sheriff's Department considered themselves to be above the law."

    Four grand jury indictments and a criminal complaint allege unjustified beatings of jail inmates and visitors at downtown Los Angeles jail facilities, unjustified detentions and a conspiracy to obstruct a federal investigation into misconduct at the Men's Central Jail.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/09...investigation/

    Some of what they're accused of is unbelievable!!

    United States v. Brunsting and Branum: Two deputies, Bryan Brunsting and Jason Branum, are accused of violating the civil rights of two inmates through excessive force, and then creating false reports to cover up the abuse.

    United States v. Gonzalez, et al: A sergeant and four deputies are charged with civil rights violations related to illegal arrests or detentions of five victims, including a member of the staff of the Austrian consul general, who were visiting inmates at Men's Central Jail. According to the indictment, Sgt. Eric Gonzalez fostered an atmosphere "that encouraged and tolerated abuses of the law, including through the use of unjustified force and unreasonable searches and seizures."

    In one incident, the indictment alleges that a man who came to visit his brother suffered a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder that left him permanently disabled. The victim, Gabriel Carrillo, was also allegedly thrown into a refrigerator in the employee break room. He was then held for five days before being released.

    Carrillo's attorney says the deputies made up a story that he was resisting arrest. Attorney Ron Kaye says the evidence showed Carrillo was handcuffed the entire time.

    The four deputies named in the indictment are Sussie Ayala, Fernando Luviano, Pantamitr Zunggeemoge and Noel Womack.

    United States v. Thompson, et al.: The FBI alleges that sheriff's deputies at Men's Central Jail hid an FBI informant, identified as Anthony Brown, and made him essentially unavailable to his FBI handlers for several weeks. Brown is a convicted armed robber who was working with the FBI on its investigation into allegations of abuse at Men's Central Jail. He bought a cellphone from a deputy, who has since pleaded guilty to bribery.

    United States v. Piquette: Deputy Richard Piquette is accused of illegally building and possessing an assault rifle, an unregistered Noveske Rifleworks N-4 .223 caliber rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches.

    United States v. Khounthavong, et al.: Three deputies, who are all brothers, are accused of mortgage fraud. The deputies named in the indictment are Billy Khounthavong, Benny Khounthavong and Johnny Khounthavong.

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...les&id=9354257

    Absolutely outrageous!!
    Neither the state nor the defense team are saints, and there is usually plenty of incompetence to go around on both sides of the courtroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fran View Post
    Deputies Considered Selves ‘Above the Law,’ U.S. Atty Says of Jail Probe

    Four grand jury indictments and a criminal complaint were unveiled after 16 of the defendants were taken into custody Monday morning, most of them at Sheriff’s Department facilities, authorities said.

    The FBI’s “wide-ranging” investigation was continuing into alleged corruption and civil rights abuses at downtown L.A. jail facilities, André Birotte Jr. , U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

    Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/12/09/fbi-arres...#ixzz2n1tU6LBb



    FWIW, please keep in mind the LA Sheriff Dept has 10K employees. This is only 18 of their personnel.

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    18 too many!


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