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Report Urges Reforms For LASD, where ‘Deputy Gangs’ ‘Escalate Uses of Force’

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - In an extensive report released today analyzing more than a dozen secret subgroups at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, researchers at LMU Loyola Law School laid out claims of "violent" gangs of deputies, where members encouraged an aggressive style of policing, engaged in misconduct and were sometimes marked by common tattoos. In the report, published Tuesday by the school's Center For Juvenile Law & Policy, chief author Sean Kennedy claimed the groups "foster a culture of violence and escalate uses of force against community members." The report laid out...

LAPD Working To Identify Any Officers Who Attended DC Trump Rally or Siege

LOS ANGELES (CNS)  - The Los Angeles Police Department is working to identify officers who may have been attended the pro-Trump rally in Washington, DC or the subsequent insurrection at the US Capitol, Chief Michel Moore said today. "We've heard reports of law enforcement in an off-duty basis, and military, being part of the march, protest, demonstration and insurgency or effort to invade the Capitol and interrupt our national democratic process," Moore said during Tuesday's Los Angeles Police Commission meeting. "This department met yesterday with all of our senior staff and we...

Blacks More Likely to Be Searched During Stops, Data Shows

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Black and Hispanic Los Angeles residents are more likely to be searched or subjected to force if stopped by police or sheriff's deputies, a statistic true statewide, according to a data-rich report released today by the California Department of Justice. The report contains the first full-year analysis of stop data for the state, though it is the fourth annual report on racial and identity profiling by the California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board. Researchers analyzed nearly 4 million vehicle and pedestrian stops made in 2019 by...

Prosecutors’ Association Plans to Fight DA Gascón’s New Directives

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A union representing Los Angeles County prosecutors plans to file court papers tomorrow challenging newly seated District Attorney George Gascón's directives to eliminate three-strikes allegations and some sentencing enhancements. An attorney for the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County wrote in a letter delivered to Gascón and other county officials that portions of the district attorney's new directives require prosecutors to "violate the law, violate their oaths, ... and violate their ethical duties as officers of the court," according to NBC4. A representative for...

Surge of Cases in Juvenile Facilities Mirrors LA County

By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles County probation officers, public health clinicians, educators and others who work with youth in juvenile camps and halls held a town hall meeting today to reassure the public that precautions are being taken as coronavirus cases surge. The juvenile facilities are held to the same health standards as county hospitals and clinics, according to health officials. Masks are mandatory, social distancing protocols are followed, and more frequent cleaning is scheduled, among other measures to limit spread.

LA County’s New Top Prosecutor Announces Sweeping Changes

By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - After being sworn in today as Los Angeles County's 43rd district attorney, George Gascón announced that his office would no longer pursue the death penalty, try juveniles as adults, seek cash bail for misdemeanor and non-serious, non-violent felonies, or add gang enhancements to criminal complaints. "We will work to correct the injustices of the past," Gascón said. "This is how, in a state that led the way in 'tough on crime,' California can lead 'forgive now' and turn the tide of...