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May 6, 1998 | TINA DAUNT and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A state appellate court Tuesday upheld a $23-million judgment against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for a 1989 incident in Cerritos in which a group of deputies was accused of brutalizing 36 party-goers attending a bridal shower at the home of a Samoan American family. A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeal, 2nd District, unanimously upheld the 1995 award, reportedly the largest against a U.S. law enforcement agency.
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March 25, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It was no surprise last week when Los Angeles County Inspector General Max Huntsman recommended against renewing contracts with two agencies monitoring the Sheriff's Department. The same citizens commission that called for the creation of Huntsman's office also suggested that it absorb the functions of those other agencies, one of them established 22 years ago to report on excessive force and lax discipline, the other created nine years later to monitor the sheriff's handling of deputy misconduct allegations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help in locating four fugitives wanted for probation violations or failure to appear in court. Warrants have been issued in each case. Manuel Jacob Rodriguez, 21, was convicted of stealing a vehicle and giving a false name to a peace officer. He was placed on probation, which he has violated, according to the Sheriff's Department. Rodriguez is Latino, 5 feet 8, 130 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
OPINION
March 8, 2013
Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, one of the most controversial figures in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is stepping down. That's welcome news. Tanaka has been accused by current and retired sheriff's deputies of condoning and at times encouraging misconduct and abuse in the department. They say he created a climate that prized aggression and loyalty over good policing. A county commission looking into violence in the county jails concluded last year that Tanaka had tried to undermine the credibility of internal affairs investigators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1997 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's top fiscal watchdog issued a scathing critique of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, saying it routinely ignores controls on personnel costs and overtime, fails to seek competitive bids for contracts and services and misleads the Board of Supervisors and other officials.
NEWS
February 9, 1991
A lawyer for the family of a bystander accidentally shot to death last year by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy filed a $1-billion civil lawsuit against the Sheriff's Department on Friday, accusing it of being a "continuing criminal enterprise" engaged in a form of racketeering against African-Americans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1990
I trust President Bush will be as quick to apologize to those deputy sheriffs who are eventually exonerated as he was to condemn them as "bad apples" during his appearance with Sheriff Block at the dedication of the new correctional facility at Castaic ("President Seeks to Reassure L.A. Deputy Sheriffs" Part A, March 2). Once the verdicts are in the only ones who may need reassurance are Block and the U.S. attorney's office, who will have to explain why they were so quick to indict these hard-working and dedicated deputies without any concrete evidence of wrongdoing, except for speculation and innuendo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1991
In response to your editorial (Sept. 11) applauding Los Angeles Sheriff Sherman Block's creation of a citizens' committee to investigate the performance of the Sheriff's Department, we assume Block's intentions are good. However, to ensure total independence, we strongly urge the county Board of Supervisors to call for their own blue-ribbon investigation of the Sheriff's Department. This independent commission, representing a broad cross section of this community, must be given a date for completion of its report and a clear sense of mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
The Orange County Sheriff's Department anticipates a possible $71-million budget shortfall next year as sales tax revenue continues to plummet, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told the county board Tuesday. She said she has asked division heads to find ways to cut up to 20% in each of their sections. Hutchens made $20.5 million in cuts this year, including a 40% reduction in her command staff and 24 layoffs to sworn and non-sworn staff. Hutchens said the cuts to command staff prevented her from making cuts to front-line public safety resources such as investigators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
A new reality show in the works and plans to hawk merchandise to cadets are the latest splashy promotional bids by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The Board of Supervisors approved the two proposals Tuesday, both of which will bring the department revenue and exposure. The proposed television program, "Sheriff's Stories," would follow a single suspect through the investigative process, said Executive Producer Paul Joseph of Creative Chaos Productions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2003 | Matt Lait, Times Staff Writer
A sophisticated Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department computer database aimed at identifying and tracking problem deputies is becoming unreliable because much of the information logged into the system is incomplete, inaccurate and often too old to be of value, according to a report released Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1999
I am the independent police psychologist who was asked to evaluate all of Sheriff Lee Baca's special reserve candidates. I was asked to use the same procedure and the same criteria used for regular police officers and deputy sheriffs. The applicants are business and professional leaders with track records in serving our community and an interest in donating more time and energy to assist the Sheriff's Department. None of them had a particular interest in carrying a concealed weapon and most of them said they would not carry a weapon even if authorized (letters, June 24)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1999
Re "Sex Harassment Hard to Root Out in Sheriff's Dept.," April 18: I see only one way to shake the Sheriff's Department leadership and the county supervisors out of their tolerance of hostility toward women officers: Women who are harassed have to stop settling their claims and, instead, insist on going to trial. Make harassment as expensive and as embarrassing for the county as you possibly can, sisters. Take those Neanderthals all the way to court, collect huge awards, use the TV coverage to raise public awareness and use the money to support the fight of other women for respect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help in locating four fugitives wanted for probation violations or failure to appear in court. Warrants have been issued in each case. Manuel Jacob Rodriguez, 21, was convicted of stealing a vehicle and giving a false name to a peace officer. He was placed on probation, which he has violated, according to the Sheriff's Department. Rodriguez is Latino, 5 feet 8, 130 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
OPINION
November 29, 1998
I am not comfortable with the idea that the sheriff's top staff became unqualified because they were supporters of their boss, Sherman Block (Nov. 20). And I'm not sure that the most qualified successors are those who were the most vocal of Lee Baca's supporters during the election. Some changes in personnel might be desirable to redirect effort to clear up problems, but the changes should be made on the basis of real qualifications. FRANK GIFT, Rancho Palos Verdes I was saddened to read about the bloodletting to occur under the newly elected Los Angeles County sheriff.
OPINION
June 21, 1998
Re "No End to Sheriff's Dept. Laxity," editorial, June 17: Members of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs are by now well accustomed to The Times' misrepresentations of the broad-brush criticisms contained in Merrick Bobb's semiannual reports. This time, however, the misrepresentations have taken on a new and destructive edge. Comparisons in the number of officer-involved shootings between a Sheriff's Department station and a Los Angeles Police Department station have no statistical validity.
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