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6 Los Angeles County Officials Convicted in Federal Jail Probe Involving FBI Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were found guilty Tuesday of attempting to interfere with a civil rights investigation into the county jails, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The two lieutenants, two sergeants and two deputies face up to 15 years in prison after the jury found them guilty of trying to hide an informant from FBI agents during an investigation into a jail scandal.

Attorneys for the defendants said they were only following orders from superiors.

One of the jurors interviewed after the trial said he believed the sheriff’s officials were following commands but crossed the line.

“At a certain point there are things you can’t do,” said the juror, a truck driver who lives in the Crenshaw district but would identify himself only as Ron.

The conviction is a big victory for prosecutors as they delve deeper into the jail investigation.

Feds: 18 Charged in Sweeping Case of Abuse in L.A. County Sheriff’s Department

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Eighteen current and former members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are accused of misconduct and abusing inmates in county jails, the New York Times reports.

Feds charged the defendants Monday with excessive use of force and obstruction of justice at the nation’s largest county’s jail system.

The charges follow countless complaints from inmates who say they were mistreated behind bars.

To make matters worse, two lieutenants are accused of trying to hide an FBI informant by releasing him and then rebooking him under a different name, the Times reports.

“Certain behavior had become institutionalized, and a group of officers considered themselves to be above the law,” André Birotte Jr., the United States attorney for Los Angeles, said. “Instead of ensuring the law is defended, they are accused of taking steps to prevent that.”