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February 20, 2014 | By Robert Greene
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors can set up a citizens' oversight commission that's meant to keep tabs on the sheriff, but it can't imbue that commission with any power that the board itself doesn't already have. The sheriff is an independently elected official, with powers established by the state Constitution. The board has no legal power to compel him to appear, testify, turn over documents, answer questions; so any oversight commission the board appoints would similarly lack that authority.
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February 19, 2014 | By Robert Greene
If there is to be a citizens' oversight commission to keep an eye on the Los Angeles County sheriff, the most natural thing in the world would be to make it a five-person panel, with each member of the county Board of Supervisors getting one appointment. Natural. Obvious, even. And a big, big mistake. The size and composition of a citizens' oversight body is inextricably linked both to its mission and to the nature of the authority to which it reports. If it's a five-member panel, with each member appointed by and answerable to the supervisors, why not just have the supervisors exercise oversight directly?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Despite a court ruling that struck down California's concealed weapons statute , the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will continue reviewing applications for permits. The ruling Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the statute, as applied by the San Diego department, was overly restrictive and violated the 2nd Amendment. But the ruling, which overturned a ruling in federal court in San Diego, did not impose an injunction. The ruling is expected to be appealed to the full 12-member court and, possibly, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A northern Georgia sheriff took to the department's Facebook page and canceled Valentine's Day  because of dangerous, icy road conditions - succeeding in eliminating car crashes, but drawing some heat from lovers.  Here's Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry's cupid-killer message: “The Oconee County Sheriffs Office announces that Valentines Day has been CANCELED from a line North of I-16 to the Georgia/Tennessee border.  Men who live...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton on Thursday announced his endorsement of Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell to be the next L.A. County sheriff. McDonnell's "uniquely varied skills, recognized and respected leadership, and decades of experience with both the LAPD and the Long Beach Police Department will lend themselves to facilitating meaningful change,” Bratton said in a statement released by McDonnell's campaign. Bratton said his decision was based on his respect for and close working relationship with McDonnell, who once served as his second in command.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Barely a month ago, Christopher Pengra became mayor of a bedroom community outside Salt Lake City, anticipating the usual headaches of a fast-growing area, such humdrum fare as traffic congestion and zoning disputes. But there was nothing in his newcomer's manual to handle this: A Utah County sheriff's deputy was killed late last month, gunned down on a lonely rural highway in Eagle Mountain after stopping to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, a father of five whom friends knew as a "shy cowboy," had served the town for two decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard, Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors announced charges Friday against two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies accused of assaulting a handcuffed inmate in a case that broadens the FBI's ongoing inquiry and raises new questions about how the Sheriff's Department has investigated deputy misconduct in the nation's largest jail system. Sheriff's officials previously rejected allegations that the deputies used excessive force despite a jail chaplain coming forward to say that he witnessed the 2009 incident and believed the deputies beat a helpless inmate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A man was shot to death Friday night in an apartment complex in Vista in a confrontation with a San Diego County sheriff's deputy, officials said. The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. in the community in northern San Diego County. The deputy was not injured, officials said. The cause of the confrontation was not immediately released. The Sheriff's Department alerted motorists to steer clear of the area while the investigation was underway. ALSO: More legal woes for Sriracha plant in fight with Irwindale L.A. weather: On-and-off light rain expected for weekend Deputies shoot, kill man threatening cars with spear, officials say Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
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January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
"Evil ran through Utah County" when a parolee shot and killed one deputy at a stop and injured a second in a gunfight during a high-speed chase that ended in another shootout with police who killed him, the county sheriff said Friday. Sgt. Cory Wride was on patrol Thursday afternoon when he stopped to check on what appeared to be a disabled pickup truck with its emergency lights flashing, Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy said. During the encounter Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui , 27, allegedly shot Wride in the neck and head, said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, spokesman for the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Scott Glover
Acting Los Angeles County Sheriff John L. Scott on Friday suspended a controversial program that consisted of politically appointed civilian “field deputies” who served as aides to former Sheriff Lee Baca. The suspension of the program followed reports on KABC-TV Channel 7 news that raised questions about the extent of the deputies' duties. The most recent report aired Thursday night . Channel 7 reported that there were four employees of the program drawing a combined salary of $500,000 and receiving perks such as take-home cars and cellphones.
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