LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation into whether Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies engaged in a pattern of abuse of inmates.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Justice Department sent a letter to county officials this week, saying federal authorities have become increasingly concerned about allegations that deputies brutalized inmates in the nation’s largest jail system.READ MORE: Bridges, Hornets Hold Off Lakers To Earn 117-114 Victory
The investigation would be conducted separately from the FBI’s ongoing criminal probe into allegations of excessive force and other misconduct at the jails. That investigation has been under way since at least 2011.READ MORE: Long Beach Man Wounded In Possible Gang Shooting
A spokesman for Sheriff Lee Baca said the department would cooperate with the new federal probe.
Steve Whitmore noted that the department has also made significant reforms in an effort to deal with excessive force by jailers.MORE NEWS: Bus Driver Shortage Causes Metro To Slash Service Citywide
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