LA deputies fired for not checking on jail inmates

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been fired after a jail suicide revealed how they cheated a bar code system to avoid checking cells regularly.

Another eight sworn officers were disciplined, according to a report to the Board of Supervisors by the county's Office of Independent Review, the Los Angeles Times website reported Wednesday.

The scandal, called "Scannergate" by deputies, was revealed after a high security inmate hanged himself at the downtown jail in March 2009.

Deputies use a bar code reader to scan checkpoints as they walk the cell rows checking on inmates.

A falsified log showed a deputy scanned all points within 35 seconds, which was impossible. Investigators later found a copy of the bar codes in a deputy's desk.


Information from: Los Angeles Times