7 L.A. County sheriff's officials indicted in jails probe.
Los Angeles Times | December 9, 2013 | 11:32 AM
Seven Los Angeles County sheriff's officials have been indicted on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and giving false statements as part of the FBI's long-running investigation into misconduct in the county's jails, according to a court document obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Federal authorities allege, according to the document, that the sheriff’s officials hampered the federal probe after the Sheriff's Department discovered that an inmate was working as a federal informant.
The officials moved the inmate -- identified only as AB in the indictment -- and changed his name, even altering the department's internal inmate database to falsely say he had been released, according to the indictment.
Next on the docket;
Los Angeles County Deputies accused of improper force expected in federal court.
Several Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who have been the subject of excessive force accusations have been charged with criminal civil-rights violations, according to the federal court's website.
Among the deputies who are listed as being in custody and scheduled to appear in court are deputies Fernando Luviano and Pantamitr Zunggeemoge, who allegedly took part in a controversial force incident involving a jail visitor, Gabriel Carrillo.
Carrillo alleged he was beaten while handcuffed while visiting his brother at the Men's Central Jail in February 2011. Carrillo was initially charged with battery against the deputies following the incident but prosecutors abruptly dropped the case, telling a judge they were awaiting more reports from the Sheriff's Department.
Both Luviano and Zunggeemoge are charged with conspiracy against rights and deprivation of rights under color of law, according to the website.
Bryan Brunsting, a supervisor in the department's training unit, was also listed on the website as having been charged with civil-rights violations.
Now hark back to what happened last year when Chris Dorner went on his little walk about, when the LAPD was shooting everything and anything that moved.
I am seeing a pattern here.
This is breaking news so there is no link but apparently I'm not the only one who is seeing a pattern here.
18 Department officials indicted in jail misconduct probe.
Los Angeles Times | December 9, 2013 | 1:26 PM
Eighteen current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside the county's jails.
"Our investigation also found that these incidents did not take place in a vacuum - in fact, they demonstrated behavior that had become institutionalized," U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. said in a statement.
"The pattern of activity alleged in the obstruction of justice case shows how some members of the Sheriff's Department considered themselves to be above the law," he said. "Instead of cooperating with the federal investigation to ensure that corrupt law enforcement officers would be brought to justice, the defendants in this case are accused of taking affirmative steps designed to ensure that light would not shine on illegal conduct that violated basic constitutional rights."