SBCO

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s more under the microscope in San Bernardino County than meets the eye.

Since revelations of more federal probes into San Bernardino County hit iepolitics.com on Tuesday, we’ll briefly touch on the issue.

For starter’s the local political blogs are regularly viewed by federal agencies. They have been for some time. In fact they get leads from the websites.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have been looking at the county for some time.

First. The federal grand jury convened to examine evidence related to alleged inmate abuse at San Bernardino County jail facilities will expire in February. Local attorney Jim Terrell, who represents several inmates in lawsuits against the county and sheriff’s department, is absolutely convinced indictments will be handed down.

Second. Some plaintiffs in a lawsuit arising from a traffic ticket quota work policy in Victorville have been contacted by federal agents.

Their focus isn’t just traffic ticket quotas either.

The seizure, purchase and resale of vehicles by law enforcement, and a covered-up flashlight to the head of a handcuffed High Desert arrestee, are some of the incidents, among others, that have popped on to the radar screen.

An assault incident at an Adelanto Del Taco drive-thru restaurant involving off-duty employees has also been of interest.

There has also been the mention of a law enforcement supplying alcohol to inmates incident in Rancho Cucamonga in the past ninety days.

The incident is reported to involve the commander of the Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff’s Station, who allowed incustody inmates assigned to the West Valley Detention Center, who were working a city event cleanup detail, to consume leftover alcohol.

It’s further reported that the incident came to the attention of the county grand jury, which had initiated an inquiry. But that inquiry was short-lived after it was brought to the attention of the grand jury advisor, assigned by the District Attorney’s Office.

The inquiry was quashed and brought to the attention of the sheriff and the matter covered-up. But station employees didn’t allow the matter to stay quiet.

It’s not a stretch to believe that there’s bad news on the horizon for the county.

The term “pattern and practice” comes to mind.

In the end, it’s taxpayers that will flip the bill for all of this. Not to mention careers destroyed.