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July 12, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Civil rights leaders called for a federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Woodrow Player Jr. by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in unincorporated Athens, which became the scene Saturday of yet more shootings. Player, 22, was shot multiple times as he ran from deputies in the 11200 block of Berendo Avenue about 8:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Investigators said they recovered a gun from Player's car, but witnesses said he was unarmed when deputies shot him in the back.
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July 5, 2009 | Richard Winton
For days after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman during a May 2008 traffic stop, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Fitzpatrick left messages on the woman's home phone in an effort to see her again, according to audio recordings obtained by The Times. "I just want to call and tell you good night," the married sergeant said during a 4:22 a.m. call, made just hours after the alleged assault. "I can't wait to talk to you soon."
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July 4, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has been locked in a budget battle with county supervisors in recent weeks, threatening to close a jail and release prisoners early if he is forced to cut $25 million from his $2.5-billion budget. Sound familiar? Baca made similar threats seven years ago when county supervisors -- faced with a recession and statewide budget crunch as they are now -- demanded he cut $70 million from his $1.6-billion budget.
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June 23, 2009 | Joel Rubin and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Out of cash and understaffed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has suspended its faltering effort to analyze DNA evidence from thousands of rape and sexual assault cases. The department halted shipments of the genetic evidence to private crime laboratories at the end of May after funds allotted for the testing ran dry, according to a report submitted by Sheriff Lee Baca to the county Board of Supervisors late last week.
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February 24, 2009 | Richard Winton, Garrett Therolf and Molly-Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday threatened to close the Men's Central Jail and perhaps a second detention facility when he and other county department heads are forced to cut their budgets. Baca said closing the downtown Los Angeles jail, which would greatly reduce the capacity of the county jail system and lead to more early releases of inmates, might be necessary to bridge what he estimates will be a $72-million gap in his budget.
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February 3, 2009 | Richard Winton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, settling a claim over detentions of minority students during a narcotics search at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, has agreed to revise its anti-bias training and ensure that its supervisors prevent racial profiling.
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January 28, 2009 | Joel Rubin
DNA evidence has gone untested in more than 800 rape and sexual assault cases even though detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and other smaller agencies have no suspects in those crimes, authorities acknowledged Tuesday. The number is far larger than officials had anticipated and revealed a breakdown in the way the Sheriff's Department went about testing genetic evidence until recent reforms were enacted.
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January 23, 2009 | Scott Gold
It is a Sunday morning and there is still dew on the grass outside Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church. Already, God has received a standing ovation. The thermometer on the wall claims it's only 75 degrees in here, but congregants are dancing in the aisles, some with their shoes kicked off and stashed under the pews. Their sweat mixes with their tears, and for once in Compton, they are tears of joy. "People of faith!" thunders the Rev.
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December 17, 2008 | Garrett Therolf
After a week of controversy over the potential cost to taxpayers, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to send 112 sheriff's deputies -- a fraction of the personnel initially proposed -- across the country next month to aid in the presidential inauguration. The narrow approval, although for far fewer than the 500 deputies first requested by Sheriff Lee Baca on behalf of the Washington, D.C., police, will still make the L.A.
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December 17, 2008 | Richard Winton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is facing mounting pressure to account for its handling of DNA evidence from sex crimes, revealed Tuesday that it has a backlog of 4,727 untested sexual assault evidence kits in storage or its laboratory. Sheriff's Department officials informed the county Board of Supervisors that they are now auditing the unexamined kits to determine the status of each case.
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