Read how an L.A. sheriff's deputy was caught using taco sauce as fake blood in an assault case

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Ovalle was suspended after he poured taco sauce on a shirt to mimic blood during a 2003 assault investigation. It took years for prosecutors to learn of his misconduct.

By then, he had testified in dozens of cases, often helping to secure convictions. Documents obtained by The Times detail Ovalle’s misconduct and how he was caught.


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