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

11/13/11 02:21 PM ET EST  AP

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.

In September of this year, the ACLU called for the resignation of Sheriff Lee Baca for the alleged abuses that take place in county jails. They collected tesimony from several jail volunteers, including this chaplain:

Filed by Anna Almendrala  |