Civil rights attorney calls on LA County authorities to investigate officer misconduct

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At a news conference in Beverly Hills, civil rights attorney Leo Terrell and several L.A. County Sheriff's deputies discuss lawsuits they filed against the department.

An attorney representing four Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in a discrimination lawsuit is asking authorities to investigate new allegations that have surfaced during the proceedings. A news conference was held this morning in Beverly Hills.

Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell represents the plaintiffs. He filed lawsuits on behalf of the officers last year, alleging racial and age discrimination.

Terrell says the plaintiffs testified at recent depositions they saw training officers at two L.A. County stations commit crimes that include falsifying and destroying evidence and filing false police reports.

The plaintiffs claim that after speaking up about the wrongdoing, officers retaliated by, among other things, forcing them to work up to 20 hours without overtime pay.

Terrell named the deputies he says engaged in misconduct. He’s called on L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley and the FBI to investigate. Three of the plaintiffs are currently employed with the Sheriff’s Department and a fourth recently resigned.

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