Today, we found out about federal grand jury indictments against a whole bunch of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials, many working in the county’s jails. The Sheriff called it a “sad day” for his department. When you read two of the four indictments here and here I think you’ll find a lot of words other than “sad” to describe the situation.
These two grand jury indictments allege some of the accused hampered the federal investigation after the Sheriff’s Department discovered an inmate was working as a federal informant. According to the indictment, the sheriffs moved the inmate, changed his name, and changed a database to say the inmate had been released in order to hide the inmate from federal investigators.
They also say the accused told one of the lead FBI agents they were in the process of getting a warrant for her arrest. They did this when they confronted her outside her home.
Then, there’s this allegation, that on three separate occasions, a sheriff’s sergeant encouraged deputies he supervised to use excessive force and unlawful arrests of visitors at Men’s Central Jail. And I won’t even go into the allegation of how they arrested a diplomat for asking a question.
Did I mention that many of the accused worked in either “Operation Safe Jails,” a program described as “tasked with conducting investigations within the Los Angeles County Jails” or the “Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau,” which “was tasked with investigating allegations of local crimes committed by the LASD’s personnel”?
Yep, you can’t make this up.
So yeah, there’s nothing “sad” about these allegations. They are infuriating and scary and shameful.