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Antelope Valley deputies must limit backseat detentions, be polite
Antelope Valley deputies must limit backseat detentions, be polite

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in the Antelope Valley are prohibited from routinely detaining people in the back seat of patrol cars and must start most encounters by politely introducing themselves, according to the terms of a federal settlement finalized this week. Sheriff’s deputies in the high desert have been known for a harsh brand of policing that singles out blacks and Latinos, particularly those in subsidized housing. That reputation attracted the attention of the federal government, which reached the settlement with Los Angeles County officials to ensure that deputies do not discriminate against minorities. Some of the changes have already been...

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