ACLU Drops Lawsuit Against LA County Sheriff’s Department

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Civil rights attorneys have dropped a lawsuit that alleged the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was suppressing evidence damaging to its employees who operate the nation’s largest county jail system.

The Los Angeles Times reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said Thursday that the department’s new system for tracking inmate complaints by deputy names puts it in compliance with the law.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the department’s civilian monitors had made similar recommendations over the years, but it wasn’t until the ACLU got involved that the system was put into place.

The ACLU will proceed with a similar lawsuit that accuses the district attorney’s office of withholding evidence from ongoing investigations and preventing prosecutors from disclosing information about law enforcement misconduct complaints.

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