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ACLU files another lawsuit against LA County sheriff who faces mounting legal problems

Los Angeles -- Jail commanders condoning the beating of inmates. Evidence withheld from inmates accused of attacking guards. A photo of a woman wearing an official-looking badge while brandishing handguns at a nightclub.
Bad news in the past week has come from his own brass, his chief critics and a photo that surfaced in an unrelated federal investigation - all serving to sully the reputation of the popular four-term sheriff, who enjoys the limelight and is flown around the world at the invitation of others to talk about policing tactics.
Last year the civil rights group released a report that documented more than 70 cases of alleged abuse and other misconduct by deputies, many of which occurred at Men's Central Jail. The FBI has launched its own investigation and asked for internal department records dealing with inmate abuse.

On July 6, Capt. Michael Bornman testified before a county commission looking into deputy abuse in the jails that the former head of the jail, Capt. Daniel Cruz, resisted efforts to investigate employees who were accused of excessive force. Bornman described a culture of brutality where Cruz allegedly joked about not hitting inmates in their face so marks wouldn't be visible. Cruz has denied the accusations.

Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Sat Jul 14, 2012, 11:12 PM (0 replies)

Group-think and profits allowed Sandusky's pedophilia at Penn State to continue for 14 years.

In June, a US jury convicted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky Friday on 45 of 48 counts in a child sex abuse case.

A report just issued by a team led by former federal judge and FBI director Louis Freeh has been released showing how other Penn State officials were influenced by group-think and profits to not take action in response to Sandusky's sex activities with children.

The report is a lengthy one. Freeh's firm interviewed hundreds of people to learn how the university responded to warning signs that its once-revered former defensive coordinator -- a man who helped Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno win two national titles while touting "success with honor" -- was a serial child molester.
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:38 PM (2 replies)

Fresno police drowned father by Tasering him, hogtying him, then sticking a garden hose

"onto (his) face and mouth" when he pleaded for water.

When the police responding to a domestic disturbance call, as witness by the man's children who they say was not armed and had committed no crime, the police pepper-sprayed their father and then Tasered him a “countless number of times.” The children also observed that while their father was hogtied, handcuffed, and faced down in their backyard, one of the cops kept his knee on their father's back.

Then, according to the information from the federal complaint:
“Decedent stated that he couldn’t breathe and that he needed water; an officer ran water from a hose onto decedent’s face and mouth to the point of making it more difficult for decedent to breathe. Decedent tried to move his mouth away from the water and gasp for air. A witness yelled ‘He can’t breathe, you’re drowning him,’ but the officer continued running water over decedent’s face.

“After turning the water off, the Doe Officer(s) continued to press his knee against decedent’s back and continued to put pressure on it. Witnesses repeatedly asked officers to let decedent get up because he couldn’t breathe, but their cries for help were ignored. “By now there were in excess of 15 deputies and officers on the scene.
“Officers, after much pleading from witnesses, checked decedent’s pulse and discovered he had stopped breathing after not feeling anything when they touched decedent’s neck. “Decedent had his handcuffs taken off and was untied and placed on his back on the ground. After some time had passed, an officer started doing chest compressions but none of the officers administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the decedent. Ultimately a witness at the scene administered CPR to decedent. “Some time later, an ambulance arrived and took over trying to revive decedent.”
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:30 PM (119 replies)
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