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Six L.A. County sheriff workers get prison for obstructing jail probe
Six L.A. County sheriff workers get prison for obstructing jail probe

A federal judge on Tuesday lambasted what he called a "corrupt culture" within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as he sentenced six current and former members of the department to prison for obstructing a federal investigation into abuse and corruption at the county jails. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said evidence showed there were "significant problems" within the department, including an "us-versus-them mentality," routine cover-up of inmate abuse, and an "unwritten code" taught to new jail deputies that any inmate who fought a guard should end up in the hospital. While the six defendants were not accused of excessive...

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