Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies brutalized inmates on multiple occasions and their supervisors failed to take complaints of the abuse seriously, according to sworn declarations from three jail volunteers.
A sergeant sent a photo of the injured face of an L.A. County Jail visitor after receiving a similar image of the face of the man's brother from an anti-gang deputy.
The FBI probe into the Los Angeles County jails has expanded to include allegations of a man who says he was beaten and pepper sprayed by deputies while handcuffed during a visit to see his incarcerated brother.
The sheriff says a commission would strengthen transparency and accountability. One of his rivals for reelection, Cmdr. Bob Olmsted, also supports the plan.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the Sheriff's Department is institutionally unable — or worse, unwilling — to track and discipline deputies who engage in misconduct.
Two rookies assigned to the most dangerous floor at Los Angeles County's Men's Central Jail racked up some of the highest numbers of use-of-force incidents in the whole facility, documents show.
The Los Angeles County sheriff said he had failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized deputy brutality against inmates. He also said his command staff has at times left him in the dark about jail conditions.
Deputies who report wrongdoing are sometimes subjected to retaliation by colleagues, according to the Office of Independent Review. The findings echo allegations made by civilians.
The agency will look into the case of a rookie who was allegedly told to beat a mentally ill inmate. The FBI is looking into allegations of abuse and other deputy misconduct.
Sheriff Lee Baca says in a letter that the information led him to create a task force to examine a growing number of allegations of deputy misconduct in the jails.
The rookie, top recruit in his class, resigned after the incident, which he said was covered up. The deputy's supervisor was allegedly threatened by the young man's uncle, a sheriff's detective.
The session, which was opened up to The Times and a local TV station, offered a candid glimpse into the living conditions of jail inmates. The move also seemed to be an effort to show that the Sheriff's Department is transparent, can fix its own problems and hears out its inmates.
The FBI is investigating allegations of brutality and misconduct on the part of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the jails. Sheriff Lee Baca should help, not hinder, the investigation.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca for the first time offered a detailed account of the FBI's undercover sting that allegedly caught one of his deputies smuggling a cellphone to an inmate.
The officer allegedly accepted about $1,500 to smuggle a cellphone to an inmate who was an FBI informant, sources say. Sheriff asks whether the FBI is capable of investigating alleged jail abuses.