Report: 30 LA County Deputies ‘Disciplined Or Fired’ Since ’09 For Jail Abuses

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — As many as 30 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies have been cited for abuse incidents over the last two years, according to a report released Thursday.

KXN 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports on the findings by the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review (OIR) in its investigation into violence in county jails.

OIR Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco said 30 deputies have been “disciplined or fired” since 2009.

“We reviewed all allegations of misconduct,” said Gennaco. “Some of those do result in cases in which deputies are held accountable, fired, disciplined for either using excessive force or failing to report force when it is used.”

The panel’s top recommendation: the Sheriff’s Dept. must improve and expand its security camera systems in county jails to hold officers accountable for their actions and help provide evidence for abuse.

“I suspect that by the end of the year, we’ll have more cameras and more evidentiary tiebreakers to either prove or disprove allegations of misconduct,” Gennaco said.


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