Crime & Justice

Does the First Amendment protect sheriff's deputy cliques and tattoos from scrutiny?

Susanica Tam/For KPCC

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On Tuesday the L.A. Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission takes up the issue of secretive and sometimes violent deputy cliques inside the department – and the tattoos that identify the cliques' members. One of the commissioners -- a Loyola Law school professor - is challenging the county's long-held legal position that deputy cliques and tattoos are protected under the First Amendment. KPCC's Frank Stoltze goes in-depth on the issue.