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DOJ Demands $12.5M Payout for LASD Racial Harassment

July 02, 2013  | 

The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and others to pay $12.5 million to Antelope Valley residents it says were victims of harassment and intimidation by deputies.

The demand follows Friday's announcement that a two-year probe uncovered widespread unlawful detentions and searches of blacks, Latinos, and other residents of subsidized housing.

The money would go to residents of Section 8 housing whose Fourth Amendment rights were violated when deputies inspected their homes to ensure they were complying with requirements.

The funds would be paid by the sheriff's department, the county housing authority and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. Sheriff Lee Baca's spokesman told the Los Angeles Times the department adamantly disagreed with the DOJ findings.

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


Comments (8)

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murgy01 @ 7/2/2013 3:43 PM

I use to live there and patrol there. These so called harassed section 8 citizens turned nice housing developments into ghettos. Many of them housed parolees and stored drugs and weapons at these locations. Guess the DOJ doesn't care about this or the gang problem in the A.V area..Glad I retired and moved away. Sad when law enforcement gets the shaft for doing their job. Now the scum of the earth that started these problems in the first place will get a nice payday at the taxpayers expense .

Boston @ 7/2/2013 4:39 PM

This type of stuff can only and will only happen in this country. Which makes the average American citizen dumb as a rock Yes! I said dumb as a rock for putting up with scum politicians, broken justice system and one-sided laws that only improve the criminals quality of life while us Dumb As A Rock folks pay and hide from the Cultural Diversity Prisoner out on vacation. The LEO's of today well that just shovel S*** against the tide and spend a large part of their career frustrated.

bill @ 7/2/2013 7:45 PM

This is nonsense. The first guy got it right.

Capy. Crunch @ 7/2/2013 7:59 PM

The State is broke and we give 12.5 million dollars to these scum bags there is somthing very wrong with this picture.

rottiedog @ 7/2/2013 8:04 PM

This is the new Obama/Holder "Chicago style" shakedown. "Yo, yo wanna be safe u pays a little protection fee." (Mob accent) This is the Obama way of "Community Activism".
Holder: "We say you did it. Now pay the ransom and we'll make sure we re-distribute it as we see fit. If not, we'll bankrupt you."
Ahhh, the New World Order. Isn't it grand!

Trigger @ 7/3/2013 4:52 AM

But the DOJ is not concerned about the "ILLEGAL" immigrants that are continuously crossing the border...go figure!!

pup @ 7/3/2013 8:43 AM

Truthfully, DOJ never gets the entire info and it's sad LE has to suffer. After all my years in LE, I think it's come time for LE to vanish. Everybody should start carrying a gun and it's up to you to protect yourself, family and property. This country of freedom is becoming a communist country. With the asians invading America and along with Sec 8, the working man is paying out of the pocket. Prices go up but not LE's paychecks. LE fights to put bad folks in jail, no matter of color/race and some die doing it. It's been a 150 years ago, today, 51,000 white men died, wounded or captured at the "Battle of Gettysburg" fighting for the freedom of blacks. MLK said we're all created equal. So, why is it DOJ saying the Sheriff's are picking on only blacks & latinos. Why not the whites and asians? What percentage of race is in the jail/prison system? What race are dope dealers, killers, gangsters, robbers and who the general public fears? Duhhh!! DOJ needs to learn how to be a real cop and know how to put bad guys in jail (no matter of color/race) and the reason why LE puts them there. Stop wanting to be a liberal member who wants to be part of the ACLU....Since DOJ opened the door, I feel I'm being singled out. It's time to file a law suit.............Be safe LE!!

ladycop @ 7/4/2013 12:24 PM

This is disgusting. I have seen brand new Section 8 housing destroyed within a year by those who value nothing, because everything has been given to them by a liberal government which thinks they deserve it. I wish this country would wake up. Our values of working hard and earning what you have so that you appreciate and take care of it are slowly dwindling.

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