Prosecutors Decline To File Assault Charges Against LA County Deputies

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A group of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies will not be charged in an alleged of assault on three of their colleagues at a Christmas party after prosecutors declined to file charges, according to a report Wednesday.

The melee erupted at department party in Montebello in December 2010 and brought renewed focus upon the suspects, who are believed to belong to an overly-aggressive clique of deputies at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A., the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

According to a memo from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office cited by The Times, charges were not filed against eight deputies in part because one of them who was alleging he was assaulted admitted he “struck the first blow,” which would “certainly raise the defense of self-defense.”

Prosecutors also found the statements of a female deputy who alleged she was punched in the chin to be unreliable.

The deputies described as the aggressors worked on the third floor of Men’s Central Jail, which had the highest number of use-of-force incidents compared to any other floor during a recent years-long span, according to The Times.

In March, the department moved to fire six deputies in what was called one of the largest terminations in connection with a single incident in Sheriff’s Department history.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Times that the district attorney’s decision not to file charges does not affect the department’s ongoing internal investigation, which he said had been expanded.

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  1. Monica says:

    OMG! typical Los Angeles cop cover ups. They are beyond guilty and need to be thrown in jail themselves.

  2. junior says:

    Exactly pig cover ups they are the gangsters that hide behind a sissy badge F**k the sheriffs and la pig department if it would have been any other citizen all eight pigs would have probably shot him stating he had a gun bunch of pigs

  3. Mike says:

    Hey Junior,

    Why don’t you grow up, it’s people like you that need a good beating. You’re just another internet tough guy! At least you can spell PIG right. Try talking to a PIG like that in person, and see what happens. Maybe you will get the beating you obviously need!

    1. MARIE says:

      DUMB AS THE OFFICERS, OR MAYBE YOU’RE ONE.

  4. Mike says:

    On another note, those deputies should have been prosecuted. It’s sounds like they were out of control.

  5. mike says:

    Good one Marie,but im not. Since you think Junior is such an upstanding citizen, why dont you guys get a room an make it official? You’re as big a loser as he is. Then to you two can be complete morons together!

    1. . says:

      come now J Mcdermitt….

  6. Al-CIAda says:

    “Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Times that the district attorney’s decision not to file charges does not affect the department’s ongoing internal investigation, which he said had been expanded.” Stay tuned…

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