Recent misconduct investigations of deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department included rape, smuggling heroin into jail, stealing money from a narcotics arrest and misuse of a department helicopter, an oversight report details.
The Office of Independent Review’s new report on misconduct investigations pertaining to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) outlined administrative discipline cases resolved through Sept. 30, 2013. The Office of Independent Review (OIR) is a civilian oversight body charged with monitoring LASD’s internal investigations.
Privacy laws do not allow the identities of deputies involved in the summarized misconduct, nor does it include dates of any infractions.
Recently enacted LASD reforms have not made much of a difference on the amount of misconduct, except for excessive use of force in jails, said OIR head Mike Gennaco.
“Unfortunately, the cases are probably the same as far as level of egregiousness,” he said Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
“With regard to jail cases, I know that force is going down, at least in the downtown jails,” Gennaco added. “The fact that there are cameras make it easier to decide whether the conduct was in or out of policy.”
Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers responded with concern over the results of the report, saying the LASD does what it can to avoid such behavior while patrolling the entirety of Los Angeles County.
“When these matters are brought to our attention, we make every effort to investigate them as promptly as possible and take the most appropriate correction action,” he told the Los Angeles Daily News. “This can include retraining, written reprimands, suspensions, demotions, and even discharge.”
Among the major cases detailed by the OIR report:
– A deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a traffic stop in exchange for not arresting her for a suspended license. The District Attorney filed 11 felony counts, from bribery to rape, against the deputy.
– A deputy was arrested by Border Patrol for attempting to smuggle an undocumented person over national lines.