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ACLU lawsuit claims DA, sheriff supress evidence of deputy-on-inmate violence

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Mark Rosenbaum, ALCU/SC chief counsel, announces lawsuit against the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and the Sheriff's department.

The ACLU of Southern California announced Tuesday a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office is hiding and withholding evidence that could help an inmate facing charges of assault against a deputy.

The lawsuit alleges that the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department hides evidence of deputy assaults on jail inmates by filing complaints improperly. The ACLU says complaint reports against deputies are not filed in deputy employment folders. Instead, they are filed in the folder of whichever inmate submitted the compliant. Therefore, when searching for a deputy’s record of previous alleged assaults or investigations, the ACLU says the search comes up blank or incomplete.

“The response by the Sherriff’s Department is 'we have no such file.' We have no such information because that information has been buried, deliberately buried,” said Mark Rosenbaum, chief counsel for the ACLU/SC. 


Inmate transported from downtown jail dies at Burbank medical facility

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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca conducts an inspection of Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles

The coroner's office will be trying to determine the cause of death of an inmate who died while receiving treatment for an unspecified condition at a Burbank medical facility on Tuesday.

L.A. County sheriff's officials transported the inmate from the Twin Towers jailhouse in downtown Los Angeles to the valley center, according to the L.A. Times.

Paramedics from the Burbank Fire Department were called to the facilty around 5:15 p.m. when the man, whose name has not been released, was reported unconscious.

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Lee Baca denies approving sheriff’s captain going on golf outing with jailed jewel thief

Catalina Island golf course

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Catalina Island golf course in 2009

Crime doesn't play? A former golf pro, who was thrown in jail in 2011 after pleading guilty to stealing, among other things, former Dodger Jimmy Campanis' 1988 World Series Championship ring, allegedly went on a golf outing with his jailor -- on approval from Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.  

The L.A. Times is reporting that after Frank Jose Carrillo was transferred from Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles to the relatively quaint jail on Catalina Island, he floated the idea to the top Avalon sheriff that he could help him with his golf game. Jeff Donahue, the Los Angeles County sheriff’s captain of the island went for it, and the outing was allegedly approved by Baca as "rec time."

When Willian Cordero, a deputy at the island station, complained about the forbidden round of golf, he was transferred back to the mainland. 


Heroin burrito was smuggled into LA jail, suspected deputy 'wasn't one of our best,' said LASD

bean and cheese burrito

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Heroin was the secret ingredient in a bean and cheese burrito that was smuggled into a Los Angeles courthouse jail allegedly by a sheriff's deputy. Ths suspected deputy at one time starred on the Fox reality show "The Academy," and was kicked off for poor performance.

Charged with bringing drugs into a jail and conspiracy to commit a crime, 27-year-old deputy Henry Marin surrendered to fellow deputies at the South Los Angeles station on Wednesday. Marin pleaded not guilty to charges related to the contraband nosh and was relieved of duty. He was released from custody on Wednesday on $25,000 bail.

"We take this very seriously," said L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, reports the L.A. Times. "This kind of behavior is absolutely inexcusable for anybody, especially a law enforcement representative. Of Marin's performance on "The Academy," Whitmore said, "He certainly wasn't one of our best."