LA County Jail Abuse: Problem Deputies Got Transferred To Jail To Keep Them From Public

11/13/2011 07:22 pm ET | Updated Oct 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- A report finds Los Angeles sheriff's officials routinely transferred problem deputies to the county jail as a way of keeping them from the public.

Documents obtained by the Times show that among those sent to work in the jails was a deputy accused of fraud, loan sharking and threatening to kill somebody. Another deputy beat a firefighter bloody and unconscious during an off-duty incident.

The background and conduct of deputies have come under increased scrutiny as federal investigators probe misconduct and brutality against inmates in the nation's largest jail network.