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June 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A Compton jury Friday awarded $7.5 million to the parents of a man shot dead by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. According to the parents' attorney, Robert Thomas Jr. was standing outside with about 60 others at a party in Willowbrook in 2010 when two deputies pulled up. One stopped Thomas and frisked him. Thomas then bolted, and the two deputies gave chase. A sheriff's spokesman said the deputies saw Thomas reach for a gun that was sticking out of his pocket. Deputy Victor Lemus fired nine shots, hitting Thomas seven times and killing him, said John Sweeney, the Thomas family's attorney.
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December 22, 2012 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Illegal immigrants who are arrested in minor crimes will no longer be targeted for deportation, the Obama administration announced Friday in an apparent concession to the increasing number of jurisdictions pushing back against its Secure Communities program. Immigrant advocates as well as some police chiefs and sheriffs have complained that detention orders under the program were being issued indiscriminately, snaring people who were driving without a license or selling tamales on private property.
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May 25, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
Gang investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have arrested a Lynwood city official on suspicion of felonies, including being an accessory to robbery and possessing a stolen handgun, a department spokesman said. Autra Adams, special assistant to the Lynwood city manager, was arrested at her home Thursday morning, said department spokesman Steve Whitmore. According to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation, Adams was arrested in connection with a case targeting the East Coast Crips street gang.
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October 22, 2008 | Richard Winton, Winton is a Times staff writer.
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies face assault charges for allegedly beating up a firefighter while off duty last year in Pomona, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday. Joshua Titel and Brian Richards, both 31, pleaded not guilty in L.A. County Superior Court and were released without bail. According to prosecutors, the two deputies beat and kicked the victim on June 24, 2007.
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May 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies are investigating an incident in West Hollywood on Wednesday in which someone reported there was a gunman inside a car that was later determined to be owned by entertainment impresario P. Diddy. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said multiple patrol cars responded to the call Wednesday around 12:20 p.m. near Cory Avenue and Sunset Boulevard that alleged two armed men were  inside a Maybach sports car in West Hollywood. "A search of vehicle did not turn up a gun," Whitmore said.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Former baseball All-Star Lenny Dykstra has sued Los Angeles County and its sheriff's office, alleging “abusive violence” from Sheriff's Department employees. According to the suit, filed Wednesday, the abuse occurred in April 2012, while Dykstra was in jail for grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. Dykstra alleges that his head was slammed against a wall, knocking out several teeth. He was then allegedly beaten by sheriff's employees until he was “barely breathing.
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March 23, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A fundraiser being hosted by Los Angeles County sheriff's officials Thursday night ended in violence, with one guest arrested and more arrests possible, a department spokesman confirmed. Sheriff's deputies were hosting a party at Cities, a bar and restaurant in East Los Angeles, to raise money for an annual law enforcement relay race. About 2 a.m. Friday, there was an altercation that involved off-duty deputies and guests. One woman invited to the party was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - While a national debate has erupted over the Obama administration's lethal drone strikes overseas, federal authorities have stepped up efforts to license surveillance drones for law enforcement and other uses in U.S. airspace, spurring growing concern about violations of privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it had issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007, far more than were previously known. Some 327 permits are still listed as active.
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September 10, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of human remains, including a severed hand and a torso, in the vicinity of a Lake Los Angeles middle school in the Antelope Valley. Sheriff's homicide detectives and a Los Angeles County coroner's special recovery team responded to the 41700 block of 170th Street East, near Challenger Middle School, east of Palmdale, about 8 p.m. Tuesday after a resident who was riding a horse saw the hand and called authorities.
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July 25, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department apologized to anyone who might have been offended by a comedian's racist and off-color stand-up routine at a luncheon and said it will be "reviewed. " About 600 to 700 people, many in uniforms, attended the Sheriff's Day Luncheon, where comedian Edwin San Juan delivered a 30-minute performance that was filled with sexually explicit and racist humor, people in attendance said. "He managed to insult every ethnic group," said one attendee, who requested that his name not be used.
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