Attorney general releases report showing gross misconduct by Maywood PD

State Attorney General Jerry Brown today said his office has uncovered gross misconduct by police officers in Maywood. Brown oversaw a 16-month investigation of the police force in Maywood, a small city southeast of downtown Los Angeles that employs about 40 officers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

State Attorney General Jerry Brown today said his office has uncovered gross misconduct by police officers in Maywood. Brown oversaw a 16-month investigation of the police force in Maywood, a small city southeast of downtown Los Angeles that employs about 40 officers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Frank Stoltze: The report says Maywood police routinely used excessive force, conducted illegal searches, and made false arrests. Attorney General Brown said there’s evidence that one officer sexually assaulted women.

Jerry Brown: When you have rogue cops, it’s just intolerable in a free society. So the City Council, the city administrator, they will have to shape up.

Stoltze: Brown said he’ll ask a judge to give him oversight of Maywood police. Attorney Cynthia Anderson Barker represents victims of police abuse.

Cynthia Anderson Barker: I think it’s long awaited. We’re very, very hopeful because Maywood has not been able to reform itself.

Stoltze: The state’s attorney general is seeking reforms, including a ban on Maywood’s hiring of cops with criminal backgrounds.

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