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Judge certifies class action against LA sheriff's department

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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca conducts an inspection of Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles in this photo from December 2011.

A federal judge has given the go-ahead for a class action lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The suit alleges the department violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing wheel chairs, crutches, and other mobility devices - even when prescribed by doctors - to some jail inmates who need them.

The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Disability Rights California, Disability Rights Legal Center, and Winston & Strawn LLP, started in 2008. Since then, the sheriff's department has changed the way it treats inmates with disabilities. But, says Jessica Price, staff attorney with the ACLU, it hasn't done enough to accommodate inmates with mobility issues as they try to navigate jail life.

"Including access to programs and services," Price says. "And the failure to provide any sort of tracking system so that people who have orders for accommodations actually get those, including, for example, someone who has an order for a lower bunk."


Sheriff's deputy charged with perjury in drug case

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Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.

An L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy has been charged with perjury and filing a false police report. Francisco Enriguez, 36 turned himself in on Friday and was released on $45,000 bail.

Enriguez is accused of lying about transporting a female suspect arrested during a traffic stop to jail. Enriguez allegedly reported finding drugs in his patrol car after driving the woman to the Century Regional Detention Facility. 

Prosecutors, however, say a different deputy, not Enriguez, transported the woman, and so he could not have found her drugs in his car.

If found guilty, Enriguez faces up to 4 years and 8 months in prison.

Sheriff's Spokesman Steve Whitmore said the department was aware of the case — and that it was actually investigators from the sheriff's department who first noticed the alleged inaccuracy. Whitmore said Enriguez has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. 


Man arrested after outburst at Norwalk 'Dark Night' screening

Clark Tabor

Clark Tabor allegedly frightened moviegoers at the "Dark Night" Sunday.

Police say Clark Tabor frightened moviegoers at a Sunday night screening of "The Dark Night" when he shouted, held his phone in the air, and yelled, "Does anyone have a gun?” and “I should go off like in Colorado.”

Other patrons alerted security, who found Tabor on his knees in the second row of the Norwalk AMC theater. 

Deputies from the Los Angles County Sheriff's Department (which patrols Norwalk) were called and arrested Tabor on suspicion of making criminal threats, a felony. He's being held on $50,000 bail and is due in court Tuesday in Bellflower.