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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot and killed an aspiring TV producer earlier this week while responding to a stabbing and hostage standoff in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. Sheriff's officials said deputies believed John Winkler, 30, was the attacker when they encountered him at a Palm Avenue apartment complex Monday night. In fact, he was one of three hostages being held inside an apartment by a man with a knife. Three deputies shot Winkler when he rushed out of the apartment with one of the other victims, sheriff's officials said in a statement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies harassed and intimidated blacks, Latinos and other residents in the Antelope Valley, the U.S. Justice Department has concluded after a two-year investigation. Federal officials found a pattern of sheriff's deputies using unreasonable force, intimidation and “widespread” unlawful detentions and searches. Many of the findings involved residents who received low-income subsidized housing. The allegations mark another setback for a troubled department that is also the subject of a federal investigation into deputy misconduct and brutality in the jail system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Armed with a search warrant, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies raided the home of Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez early Thursday. The department did not have immediate details other than deputies had served a search warrant about 7:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Los Angeles Avenue, the same street where the mayor's home is located, according to voting records.   According to Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the department, the warrant that was served is not focused on the mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
When Compton jurors recently deliberated the fate of a man charged with possessing a concealed firearm, they thought the evidence was overwhelming - not that the man was guilty but that the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who testified against him had lied. Jurors said a video of the arrest and inconsistent testimony from deputies left them no choice earlier this month but to vote for acquittal. The five jurors who spoke to The Times said authorities should investigate the deputies from the sheriff's anti-gang-unit who were involved in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and killed three armed suspects in separate incidents over the weekend, bringing the total number of fatal deputy-involved shootings so far this year to 13. A deputy was injured during a gun battle in one of the three shootings, and suspects' firearms were recovered after each incident, said Steve Whitmore, a department spokesman. There were five fatal shootings by sheriff's deputies in 2008, Whitmore said. The recent spate of shootings comes less than a week after Sheriff Lee Baca called for an expedited investigation into a deputy's fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Athens on Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A 35-year-old man was shot dead by Riverside County sheriff's deputies early Sunday after firing a rifle during a domestic dispute, according to a sheriff's news release . At 1:17 a.m., a woman reported that she was in a house in French Valley with two young children and a man who had fired his rifle at least once. While on the phone with the woman, a dispatcher heard several gunshots, the news release said. Neighbors also began calling to report gunfire. When deputies arrived, the man, Otavis Hall, refused to speak to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies shot and killed a homeless man wielding a stick over the weekend, officials said. The shooting occurred at about 3:48 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Venice and La Cienega boulevards in Los Angeles, authorities said. Deputies with the Transit Services Bureau came into contact with the man when he "suddenly armed himself with a wooden stick," the Sheriff's Department said in a news release. He then "advanced toward the deputies with the wooden stick overhead," prompting them to open fire, the release said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pleaded not guilty Thursday in connection with allegations that they assaulted a handcuffed inmate, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. Deputies Joey Aguiar and Mariano Ramirez were the latest in a string of 21 current and former sheriff's officials charged by federal authorities in connection with the FBI's three-year investigation into brutality and other misconduct in the Sheriff's Department. Last month, federal authorities alleged that Aguiar and Ramirez violated the civil rights of the inmate by assaulting him Feb. 11, 2009, inside Men's Central Jail.
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July 1, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division announced a sweeping and fairly damning finding that Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in the Antelope Valley had engaged in “a pattern or practice of discriminatory and otherwise unlawful searches and seizures, including the use of unreasonable force.”  Sheriff's deputies also “engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against African Americans in violation of...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A carjacking suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at the car's occupant was shot with Tasers by deputies in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect and an accomplice were taken into custody by deputies who recovered guns, ammunition and black masks from the pair, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The incident began Tuesday afternoon when the two suspects were in a vehicle and one of them pointed a gun at deputies. The deputies began pursuing the vehicle, which stopped at a cul-de-sac.  The suspect who allegedly pointed the gun at the deputies was taken into custody, but the driver carjacked a vehicle.
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