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L.A. Sheriff Recalls Badges From Politicians

July 11, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recalled 200 badges that were given out to local politicians following the arrest of city officials in Cudahy, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The recall came two weeks after three Cudahy officials were arrested on bribery charges. The U.S. attorney general's Central District office released a photo in support of the charges showing a smiling young woman wearing one of the badges at a nightclub while brandishing two pistols.

The woman was wearing the badge of Cudahy City Councilman Osvaldo Conde, 50, Thom Mrozek, the office's spokesman, told POLICE Magazine.

Conde, Mayor David Silva, 61, and Code Enforcement Director Angel Perales, 43, were arrested in late June. They have been accused of accepting $17,000 in cash bribes in exchange for supporting the opening of a medical marijuana store in the city.

By Paul Clinton

Read other "badge bunny" stories here.

Comments (5)

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young retired @ 7/12/2012 11:30 AM

Can't anyone have fun anymore? I remember back in the day when cops would come into the bar in full uniform, dance around and have a good old time. They didn't care if you smoked a little pot here and there as long as you didn't drive home drunk.

Stephen RETTIG @ 7/13/2012 11:40 AM

Congratulations to the LA Sheriff for removing arrest powers from unqualified individuals; I also add that Law Enforcement Officers are embarrassed by upper command personnel who allow such political appointments to occur; Outstanding move Sheriff

TonyS @ 7/13/2012 4:18 PM

How embarassing! How was this allowed to happen in the first place? The photo of the female with the weapons just takes the cake, while honest law enforcement officers are out risking their lives to keep law and order.....

TNT @ 7/14/2012 2:24 PM

That just further proves that politics and law enforcement don't mix. Who the hell gives badges to anyone but sworn peace officers? That Sheriff must have been a reclemation engineer before being elected into office. Tard

AJ @ 7/16/2012 6:20 AM

Huh? Didn't get past he photo... I'd like to volunteer to be frisked...

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