In the United States, police officers are well known for serving and protecting the public. The majority of these officers will do whatever it takes to keep people safe, even if it means putting their own life on the line. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Our New York readers may not spend much time in Los Angeles, California, but this story is one that will touch home for people in all parts of the country. On Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, federal prosecutors charged 18 current and former employees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for obstruction of justice and excessive force.
According to federal law enforcement officials, this is all part of an advanced investigation into allegations of abuse of inmates in county jails. All of the officers who were charged worked in Los Angeles county jails. As the largest county jail system in the country, this is not something that anybody would expect. However, this is not a new problem. In fact, the jail system has been under a watchful eye over the last two years due in large part to a number of lawsuits accusing deputies of inmate abuse.
Although police misconduct is a growing concern, in this case the federal authorities have stepped in to ensure that the problems occurring in the Los Angeles County jail system are put to an end without delay. As a result, 18 sheriff’s officers have found themselves in hot water with the law. Anybody who has been a victim of police misconduct has the right to hire an attorney who can protect his or her rights.
Source: The New York Times, “U.S. Charges 18 Sheriff’s Officers in Inquiry Into Misconduct at Los Angeles Jails” Jennifer Medina, Dec. 09, 2013