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DOJ: L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Targeted Blacks

July 01, 2013  | 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has agreed to make changes, after a two-year Department of Justice probe uncovered "widespread" unlawful detentions and searches of blacks, Latinos, and other residents of subsidized housing.

The two-year investigation also concluded that deputies used "unreasonable force" against handcuffed subjects and intimidated residents in conjunction with county Section 8 investigators, the DOJ announced Friday.

The announcement came as the DOJ's civil rights division said it was close to an agreement with LASD on corrective action. So far, the sheriff's department has agreed to revise its operating procedures, implement in-service training about the Fair Housing Act, update use of force policies, and increase participation in community meetings, according to the DOJ.

Blacks and to a lesser extent Latinos were more likely to be stopped and searched by deputies than whites, the DOJ found.

Tags: L.A. County Sheriff, Department of Justice, Fourth Amendment, Racial Discrimination Claims


Comments (3)

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pup @ 7/2/2013 11:49 AM

Once again, who commits more crimes? Who lives in the projects? Duhhh!

PC @ 7/5/2013 11:00 AM

It makes me glad that I retired years ago when I see stuff like this. Did the DOJ actually go into a Section 8 housing project? Did they see the racial makeup of those housing projects? Saying they unfairly targeted blacks and Hispanics in a Section 8 housing project is like saying they unfairly target whites in a trailer park! Let the Deputies do their job. It is hard enough keeping housing projects safe without adding more restrictions to their jobs.

Officerjason @ 7/8/2013 9:32 AM

Big deal. If they didnt commit the vast majority of crimes they wouldnt get "targeted". The DOJ better plan on being plenty busy because there isnt a dept. out there that doesnt do this. I bet nowhere in their report does it say how much drugs,weapons and habitual offenders the LACS got off the streets by doing this. Get over it and stop making the suspect into the victim

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