Alene Tchekmedyian is an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She previously covered the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, focusing on accountability stories and writing about failures by officials to comply with transparency laws. She and her colleagues exposed the cover-up of misconduct by deputies who shared photos of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash as well as the practice by sheriff’s deputies of pulling over bicyclists for minor violations and searching them, which disproportionately impacted Latino riders. Before joining The Times in 2016, she reported on crime and policing for the Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader.
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