Sheriff

Monday, May 12, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The Los Angeles County-esque scandal now hitting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department continues to build momentum.

Sources say another deputy recently transferred to the Victorville Sheriff’s Station has been walked off the facility and suspended.

This non-probationary officer adds to a growing number of individuals being affected by the ongoing FBI investigation into assault under color of authority allegations.

The number of suspensions and terminations gives support to the growing belief that something did in fact happen.

It’s interesting that some believe that the alleged electrocution, sodomizing, and other acts, perpetrated against charged inmates, is justified.

One of the allegations, revealed on KNBC-TV last Thursday,  is the assault of an inmate by the application of electrical current to joints of an inmate with two metal hip replacements.

It’s interesting the department continues down the “We’re doing our own investigation.” path.

Under California Law, a peace officer under investigation is read their Miranda rights by investigators. When the officer in question invokes their right against self-incrimination, the department will compel the officer to administratively comply with their questioning, with the understanding their answers cannot be used criminally.

However, this protection is not applicable in any federal investigation or proceedings.

California law also tolls the one-year time limit to bring discipline against a peace officer, for the “length of time” of any criminal investigation.

What a mess indeed!