FBI Sting Exposes Los Angeles Jail Corruption; 18 Sheriff’s Deputies Arrested

The officers charged include both current and former L.A. County sheriff's deputies

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An FBI sting investigating misconduct at Los Angeles County jails led to the arrest of 18 current and former sheriff’s deputies Monday on a range of charges, including conspiracy and obstruction, a federal prosecutor said.

“The five cases allege a wide scope of illegal conduct,” said André Birotte Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. “This investigation started by focusing on misconduct in county jails, and we uncovered examples of civil rights violations that included excessive force and unlawful arrests.”

The FBI has been investigating reports of excessive force since 2011.

According to the Los Angeles Times, officials were being investigated for allegedly trying to hide an informant who was giving the FBI information after finding the cell phone he had been using to document officer offenses. They allegedly changed the name he had been held under several times and questioned him repeatedly about whether he would testify in an investigation. Sheriff’s officials say he wasn’t being hidden from the FBI but rather protected after he had been outed.

36 comments
MarkElrod
MarkElrod

It's about time someone went after these bullies! The problem is, 18 arrests are not enough. If they want to clean up the L.A. County Sheriffs Department, they will need to dig deeper & make more arrests.

KiniCosma
KiniCosma

18 Charged in Inquiry Into Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office

We must question whether Cosma's reports were ever investigated. Allegations include obstruction of justice by allowing Napa Police Sergeant Randy Bowman into the county jail to demand unnecessary strip searches where all women were lined up in one cell.

nsan
nsan

I wish they also investigate Merced, CA cops. The office who answers phone calls regarding the release of jail inmates also maltreats and misinforms visitors purposely as well.

mcybersmith
mcybersmith

This is great.  This means that ANY police agency could be brought up on charges and now every cop (sheriffs are cops) has to know they are being watched.  Outstanding.   This should include all judges as well and especially judges in Divorce Courts and Dependency Courts - they are WORSE than the cops.  See:

Taken Into Custody
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEGnweYCadg
http://www.stephenbaskerville.net/default/
http://www.stephenbaskerville.net/default/index.cfm/taken-into-custody/

KathleenMessick
KathleenMessick

I sure wish they would do the same in Macomb Co Jail.  There wouldn't be any corrections officers left!  When the former Sheriff left to pursue a different county govt office I thought things would be better but the filth, brutality, and apathy remain

TrudyBuck
TrudyBuck

That's not even a drop in the bucket.

TrudyBuck
TrudyBuck

It's just long overdue.  Just like Philadelphia, Deroit, New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, Mississippi State, Delware, and so sorry to say the entire Nation for that matter.  I never ever will forget the millions yes I said millions of dollars were Stolen from my late husband and myself By the Philadelphia Detective Officer who was supposed to be getting our money back, but instead he walked off with it after he investigated and found it.  What dirty low down supposedly "Law Keeper" he was.  Oh Yes!!  They all need to be investigated immediately if not sooner.

wludy
wludy

Only 18 is right. The whole darn corrections dept. is currupt. How about the FBI use that info their sting revealed and prosecute them correction officers who are quilty of corruption (which would likely be a huge percentage of the Corrections Dept.). It will never happen because a badge is and has been above the law. 

brightalchemy
brightalchemy

Only 18 that whole department is corrupt, let's post the photos of the P.O.S cops that did this and let the people that they violate beat them and then throw there azzes into general population with signs on them that said what they did to inmates and visitors

jbone918
jbone918

The FBI got caught and this is just a big pissing match between them and the brass of the LASD.


RobboCombs
RobboCombs

isnt this the fox guarding the henhouse?  Washingston is so mired in corruption themselves.....to investigate "OTHER" corruption? we are sinking to new depths here.....

somebodywhoknowsbetter
somebodywhoknowsbetter

jail corruption!!!!!!!!  get out!!!!!!!!!!  no way.... really, tell us something we all don't know for once

rcm1944
rcm1944

If you want to see the lowest form of life there is ,just be around the gate at any jail or prison at shift change time.

rcm1944
rcm1944

If you want to see the lowest form of life there is just hang around any jail or prison gate at a shift change.

sieben13
sieben13

Long over due , now include the LAPD

bree_zee
bree_zee

why is it so hard to just be honest and do the right thing? nothing is perfect but come on folks...it's really not that hard. 

Glenya7121
Glenya7121

The Maryland Prison System had Drugs, Officers getting Pregnant by Inmates, and this went on for years. O'Malley, the Governor knew nothing about the Crimes for years. You might say he is one really ''informed'' Democrat, reminds me of Obama, he never knows anything either. 

HHenninghamWilliams
HHenninghamWilliams

I am not shock...What they need to do is come to New Jersey and see what is going on with this CHILD PROTECTION AGENCY..Formally Department Of Children And Family. I have to deal with these people and OMG are they stupid and money hungry. They are doing no good in these childrens lives all they are doing is tearing family's apart thinking that they are doing good and the bad thing about it is  IT TAKES YEAR FOR AN APPEAL FOR SOME ONE ACTUALLY HAVE TO CORRECT SOME ONE STUPID MISTAKE and by then some kids has gone through so much hell it unrepairable..Then they want to send them to therapy.

MiMiLLawsonn
MiMiLLawsonn

This is just the *TIP OF THE ICEBERG*.....I am sure that IF they investigate the majority of states that they would find a lot of

CORRUPTION AND COVER UP throughout the country.  It is sad that our country has gotten to this *level of corruption and cover up*.....I guess such as this happens though when there are people in place who *ALLOW* it to take place.  Interpretation of the US Constitution and the laws of our land, along with *training and communication, plus having provisions and regulations in place that would hold people accountable and responsible for what they do is a BIG FACTOR in how CORRUPTION AND COVER UP continues to be a HUGE PROBLEM in AMERICA....it is sad when INNOCENT PEOPLE get indicted, tried and convicted due to CORRUPTION AND COVER UP.  Allowing such does NO GOOD for the country.  We only hurt our society as a whole.  Allowing criminals to roam free and clear around the country only provides them to do it again and again.  Convicting INNOCENT PEOPLE will eventually be part of the *downfall of AMERICA*....it will get really EXPENSIVE to try to *RIGHT THE WRONGS* which should have NOT TAKEN PLACE TO BEGIN WITH. GOD HELP AMERICA.

rpike418
rpike418

Gee.......I'm shocked!!!  NOT!!!  LA has long been thinking they are above what other states call a law!!  They suck and think they are so much better than any other state while they really are just jealous that they are SO BAD at enforcing the laws!!

Don't know how many times I've seen police officers talking on cell phones while driving. And they way they throw their heads back and laugh, you can just tell it's not a business call!!  Have even been behind one that saw me pointing to him and sat at a red light instead of doing a right on red because he was trying to show me that HE could get away with anything he wanted to do!!!

captainbeyond4
captainbeyond4

Does anyone remember the name of a former LAPD police officer and United States Navy Reserve officer Chris Dorner ? He came forward against the LAPD with prisoner abuse and civil rights violations against them. Granted he didn't work for the LAPD Sheriff's Office, he was a LAPD police officer. The LAPD wasn't about to take him alive because they knew Dorner would expose the underbelly of what was really going on in the department. Looks like he was 100% right. Now, the same allegations mysteriously appear against the LAPD's sheriff's office. Too bad he can't talk, eh? Funny how that worked out. A cop from any force, in any city that acts above the law should be fired, tried, and given maximum punishment.  

mcybersmith
mcybersmith

I was going to ask the same question - who is watching the FBI - when all is said and done, WE have to watch the FBI and the entire govt and THIS is the only way to end the statutory govt (totally unlawful dictatorship):

You'll have to dissolve/rescind ALL Constitutions to do it - are you prepared to do the hard work to restore local autonomous rule under God's Perfect Law of Liberty

Through Faith, Hope and Charity where you only responsibility is to "Love your

neighbor as yourself" and do no harm to your fellow man.

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sieben13
sieben13

power +money = corruption

RonaldBurker
RonaldBurker

@Glenya7121 What is it that you know, and what is your platform for the future  I worked 20 years as a MARYLAND CORRECTIONAL OFFICER and I never disrespected an inmate nor did I give them as much as a tictac, I did my job.  Did I witness things  I disagreed with yes, but only the corrupt get coverage in America and people enjoy bashing others for some reason.

sieben13
sieben13

does you hate over take you rational ? If it wasn't for President Obama ,we would be at war with Iran, our economy would be in the drink,we would be in a depression because of the former geniuses and you want to hate on him ??????????? Maybe you need to find another country , because we don't need your kind here .

BrianAbad
BrianAbad

Sorry t say they will be put in a federal prison , and than treated like kings and queens , if you ask me I think they should be put into the cells and prisons that they have sent people there . , and than they will get real taste of reality .

rickirs
rickirs

@captainbeyond4 Looks like Domer did everyone a favor and died before he killed many more people and spared the public a costly trial and long jail sentence. A hero to you but a loser to the people of LA.

ficeman1961
ficeman1961

@sieben13.  Wow.  We may not be at war with Iran, but obama is giving them the ability to create the nuclear bomb. Even a bipartisan bill in the senate is coming around because the deal obama gave Iran, stinks.  Next, we are still in a recession.  Have never came out  Under obama we went from 28 million to 48 milloin on food stamps.  Over 5 million on disability.  Debt from 9 trillion to 17 trillion.  More people on government assistance than working.  These are facts that liberals cannot refute. This is all under obama.

DonBryan
DonBryan

@BrianAbad .....They are not ALL bad NOT all but Few but they as most have a few that slip threw

brightalchemy
brightalchemy

@rickirs @captainbeyond4 now the rest of the P.O.S lapd should do the same as Dorner and come clean about their worthless and illegal behavior-start posting photos of the corrupt cops and lets see true American justice take effect.

SteveCrawford
SteveCrawford

@ficeman1961 Gosh you must have not finish Jr High school. This subject is about corrupted prisons and jails. You are another racist bigot that is spreading false and hateful information, such as this stupid statement "more people on government assistance than working", did you read what you wrote before posting it? I think South Africa is far ahead of the USA in race relationship, there are just too many racist fools like you in this country. RIP N.Mandela.

tanner31
tanner31

I personally am tire of that BS - 'They are all not bad' -- They commmit crimes and they all back each other stories - Total BS response anymore.... Keep it to yourself 

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