Archive for the ‘ Law Enforcement ’ Category

Unpaid Fines

By Maura Dolan and Lee Romney
May 21, 2015

Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

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U.S. Attorney - Los Angeles

Acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura speaks at a news conference Thursday on the indictment of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang, Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
May 14, 2015

What began more than four years ago as a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by deputies in L.A. County jails reached the highest echelons of the Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, with two top officials indicted on charges of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to thwart the FBI.

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Los Angeles County Mens Central jail

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail facility in Los Angeles is shown. The FBI enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Shelby Grad
May 14, 2015

The widening scandal at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has at its center a top-secret operation that federal prosecutors said amounted to an outrageous case of obstruction of justice.

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Lee Baca

Sheriff Lee Baca speaks to the editorial board of the Los Angeles News Group Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in West Covina. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/14/15, 8:46 PM PDT |

When Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca stepped down more than a year ago, his role and possible indictment in the ongoing federal investigation at the county jails was still in question.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
May 13, 2015

Federal authorities are expected to announce indictments Thursday against former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and a retired sheriff’s captain in the ongoing investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, according to sources familiar with the probe.

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Daily Press: County sues firms over jail project

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After year of mitigation talks, $145M expansion subject of lawsuit

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted May. 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM
Updated May 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Repeated faulty designs for smoke control systems were allegedly to blame for millions in cost overruns for the High Desert Detention Center expansion, according to a lawsuit filed May 1 by San Bernardino County seeking $13.6 million in damages from the project’s architectural and design firms.

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Daily Bulletin: FPPC fines San Bernardino County D.A. Mike Ramos for third time

Mike Ramos

Bob Stern, a campaign finance expert and the FPPC’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, said he was flabbergasted that Ramos was twice fined for the same violation. “Of all the people who should be complying with the law, it should be the D.A.,” Stern said. “If I were a commissioner, I would go back and say double the fine,” (Staff file photo by Rick Sforza)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/11/15 – 4:20 PM PDT |

For the third time in the last two election cycles, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign reporting practices.

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Lee Baca

To then-Sheriff Leroy ‘Lee’ Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks.

By Lisa Bartley
Friday, May 08, 2015 – 11:00PM
LOS ANGELES (KABC) —

To then-Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks. Federal investigators deliberately kept Baca in the dark as they set up a sting on the sheriff’s turf — Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Use-of-Force

Video from a KNBC-TV news helicopter appears shows San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies beating Francis Jared Pusok, who led them on a pursuit April 9 in the High Desert. )KNBC-TV Courtesy photo)

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
and Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 8:26 AM PDT |

The names of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and command staff who were allegedly involved in the beating of Francis Pusok last month in the High Desert were made public Monday by sheriff’s officials.

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grand_jury

By Melanie Mason
May 7, 2015

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would prohibit grand juries from weighing in on cases of deadly shootings or excessive force by police.

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Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in Frankfurt

A federal appeals court panel ruling declares the NSA’s phone data collection program illegal.

By David Lauter, David S. Cloud and Lisa Mascaro
May 7, 2015

The National Security Agency does not have legal authority to secretly collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, calling the highly classified surveillance program “an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans.”

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum, pocket constitutional scholar, joins the program to discuss todays ruling that the NSA phone data collection in bulk is illegal. Is the program necessary for security, or a huge government overreach?

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Kamala Harris Aide Arrested
Group claiming to be descendants of Knights Templar arrested

By JOSEPH SERNA, JAVIER PANZAR AND MATT HAMILTON
May 7, 2015

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Roosevelt Johnson thought it was odd when three people — two of them dressed in police uniforms he didn’t recognize — strolled into the Santa Clarita station in February.

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InlandPolitics: FBI launches formal Sheriff’s Department probe

SBSO Sheriff

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Last week San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials were disseminating an interesting spin in the Francis Pusok beating case.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 4, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

The Capitol’s big guns came out last week – and they were aimed at a 66-year-old grandmother who dared to buck two of California’s most powerful political interests – teacher and cop unions.

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The Sun: San Bernardino firefighters leaving city in record numbers

San Bernardino Public Safety Attrition

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/02/15, 12:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> If the reservoir of veteran firefighters in the city developed a leak in the Great Recession and the crack widened with the 2012 bankruptcy filing, then it’s in 2015 that the dam broke.

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Los Angeles Times: Lead prosecutor removed from L.A. Coliseum corruption case

Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Marisa Gerber and Paul Pringle
May 1, 2015

Responding to defense allegations of “outrageous prosecutorial misconduct,” the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has removed the prosecutor who had been spearheading the L.A. Memorial Coliseum corruption case.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Baltimore, Hillary and the NFL Draft

Lou Desmond

Friday, May 1, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to talk about Baltimore. After a week of unrest, six officers were charged this morning in the death of Freddie Gray. But can the prosecutor make the case?

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin shared an update on his first 100 days in office with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 28. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

Published: April 28, 2015
Updated: April 29, 2015 1:31 p.m.

After 100 days in office, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin shared a glimpse with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday of the steps he has taken so far and his long-term plans to reshape the organization after years of recession-shrunk budgets, staff and resources.

To read story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Lou Desmond & Company Show: All the Headlines, with Adrian Moore

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight. Lou and Adrian discuss a number of news stories, starting with the County’s $650,000 payment to Francis Pusok. The check will be short $30,000, withheld because of owed child support.

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Medical Marijuana

By Patrick McGreevy
April 28, 2015

Two bills that would regulate medical marijuana in different ways in California were approved Tuesday by an Assembly panel, although lawmakers said more work needs to be done to address concerns and settle on one scheme.

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Daily Press: County cuts $650k check

SBCO

Sheriff’s Department still investigating threats, not releasing names of deputies

By Anneli Fogt
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 28, 2015 at 7:38 AM

APPLE VALLEY — San Bernardino County on Monday cut a $650,000 settlement check as part of the agreement reached with Francis Pusok, whose beating by Sheriff’s deputies was caught on video by a TV news helicopter April 9.

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The Sun: Momentum for Inland Empire corruption cases still strong

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

The FBI just can’t seem to stay out of the Inland Empire.

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FBI

Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Sheriff pay scandal case fully dismissed

Dismissed

Friday, April 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff pay scandal that resulted in a fifteen-count grand jury indictment charging seven current and former employees, with falsification of training and pay records to defraud taxpayers, has met a final conclusion.

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Beaumont

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/15, 9:55 AM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> Federal and Riverside County authorities on Wednesday raided City Hall and three other locations across the Inland Empire in an investigation into the city’s long-standing business relationship with a local consulting firm, law enforcement and city officials said.

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Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Marisa Gerber
April 22, 2015

Citing a rise in wrongful-conviction claims by inmates, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is launching a unit of veteran prosecutors to review the integrity of past convictions, joining a small but growing number of prosecutorial agencies around the country devoting resources to identify innocent prisoners.

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InlandPolitics: Body cameras and $650,000

SBCO

Spin Zone

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County leaders are working overtime trying to put out fires caused mainly by its Sheriff’s Department.

Fires that have, and will, cost the county’s taxpayers dearly.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined Ryan Hagen of the San Bernardino Sun. Earlier today, Francis Pusok was awarded $650,000 for the beating he took at the hands of SB County Sheriff deputies. Also, last night at the San Bernardino City Council meeting, the council made a seemingly nonsensical financial decision.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

In this frame from video provided by KNBC-TV, deputies appear to beat and kick Francis Pusok. (KNBC-TV Associated Press)

By Veronica Rocha
April 21, 2015

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay $650,000 to a man who was punched and kicked by a group of deputies following a pursuit on horseback.

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DOJ

By Paloma Esquivel and Richard Winton
April 19, 2015

Before he found himself being beaten earlier this month by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in view of a hovering news helicopter, Francis Pusok and law enforcement had clashed more than once.

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John McMahon

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon speaks to the media on April 10 about deputies involved in the apparent beating, tasing and arrest of Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley while being taken into custody on April 9 in the High Desert. (Rick Sforza — Staff File Photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/18/15, 9:24 PM PDT

In the wake of the April 9 arrest in which an Apple Valley man was beaten, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is committed to developing and implementing a program to outfit deputies with body cameras.

It will, however, take some time.

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The Sun: Highland deputies involved in deadly pepper spray confrontation named

San Bernardino County Sheriff

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in San Bernardino. (File Photo/Rick Sforza/Staff Photographer)

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 04/17/15, 3:57 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> Sheriff’s officials Friday released the names of the four deputies involved in a deadly confrontation with a Highland man Wednesday.

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Francis Pusok

Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley points to marks from where he says Taser barbs fired at him by sheriff’s deputies were ripped from his scalp. Pusok, who was interviewed Friday in the Victorville offices of his attorney, Jim Terrell, led deputies on a three-hour pursuit on April 9 after deputies attempted to serve a search warrant in the High Desert. (Sarah Alvarado — Staff Photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/17/15, 7:56 PM PDT |

VICTORVILLE >> Last week wasn’t the first time Francis Pusok encountered San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, and it wasn’t the first time he was beaten by law enforcement officers, he said in a Friday afternoon interview.

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Francis Pusok

Booking photo for Francis Jared Pusok (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/16/15, 8:16 PM PDT |

The attorney for an Apple Valley man whose beating by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies was captured on video by a news crew said Thursday he plans to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court early next week.

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Sheriff

Published: April 16, 2015
Updated: April 17, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

Nearly a week after the videotaped beating of a horse-theft suspect drew national attention to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, separate confrontations with deputies have killed two men.

To read story by Richard Brooks and Peter Surowski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Spotlight

Published: April 16, 2015 – Updated: 8:43 p.m.

On Del Oro Road, not far from the strip malls that line Apple Valley’s bustling Bear Valley Road, Jolene Bindner is trying to make sense of the national attention she and her boyfriend have received.

The boyfriend, Francis Pusok, is the theft suspect who 10 San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were videotaped hitting and kicking after a pursuit April 9 that began with Pusok fleeing in a car and ended with Pusok falling off a stolen horse.

To read story by Brian Rokos in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: If it wasn’t for bad luck, there wouldn’t be any!

SBSO Sheriff

Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t buy good news if it tried.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

There could be more dark clouds forming for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/14/15, 9:46 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO>> County supervisors are demanding action in response to a video that shows sheriff’s deputies punching and kicking a suspect after he attempted to surrender at the end of a lengthy pursuit last week.

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Jim McDonnell

“We will not compromise our hiring standards,” L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told supervisors on Tuesday. “I’d rather work short-staffed than hire the wrong people for our organization.” (Nick Ut/Associated Press)

By Abby Sewell
April 14, 2015

As the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department launches a major hiring push, county officials are concerned that it will have a hard time filling hundreds of positions without compromising hiring standards.

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KNBC

Man whose police beating was caught on tape: I’ll sue

By M. Alex Johnson and Hallie Jackson
April 13, 2015

Francis Pusok, the California man seen on video being beaten by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies after he stole a horse last week, told NBC News on Monday that he was handcuffed during “99 percent” of the pummeling and unable to protect himself.

Then, after the beating was ending, Pusok says a deputy whispered in his ear: “This isn’t over.”

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Daily Press: Out on bail, Pusok in high demand

Microphone

Suspect in horse chase due in court June 16.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 13, 2015 at 9:06 AM
Updated Apr 13, 2015 at 6:57 PM

APPLE VALLEY — Outside the home where Francis Pusok is staying, a carry-out pizza was left on what appeared to be a tool rack or scaffolding on the porch.

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John Scott

Sachi Hamai, right, then-executive officer to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, administers the oath of office to interim Sheriff John Scott on Jan. 30, 2014. Hamai is now the county’s interim chief executive officer and Scott has been replaced by Sheriff Jim McDonnell. (Allen J. Schaben)

By Abby Sewell
April 13, 2014

Los Angeles County officials plan to spend more than $100 million over the next year to reduce abuses in the county’s crowded jails, improve treatment of mentally ill inmates and divert others with mental health issues from entering lockups.

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Francis Pusok - Mug Shot Photo

Deputies surround Francis Jared Pusok on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Apple Valley, as seen in a image from helicopter video from NBC 4. Pusok is suspected of stealing the horse seen in the video. Ten deputies have been put on leave in the case. They apparently beat and Tased Pusok during the takedown. (Image from YouTube video)

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 04/13/15 – 7:44 AM PDT |

Francis Pusok, the Apple Valley man seen beaten by sheriff’s deputies on news video following a pursuit, was released on bail Sunday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s booking information shows.

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Police Radio

By Jane Yamamoto and Willian Avila
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 09:21 a.m.

An attorney for a man beaten by sheriff’s deputies after a pursuit in the San Bernardino County high desert said his office was searching for dispatch recordings after two women came forward saying they heard the takedown over police scanners.

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Cassie MacDuff

Published: April 10, 2015
Updated: April 12, 2015 6:43 p.m.

The appalling beating, caught on news-chopper video, of a suspect by a swarm of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies only perpetuates the stereotype of the department as a cowboy boots-wearing, bleep-kicking, Wild West throwback.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Sheriff incident has long media shelf life

Media Buzz

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays beating of suspect Francis Pusok by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department isn’t going away anytime soon.

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InlandPolitics: ACLU: Lack of confidence in District Attorney

Confidence concept.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a problem with San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

It was bound to happen sooner or later!

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San Bernardino County Sheriff
San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies beat and kick Francis Pusok on April 9 near Apple Valley after Pusok fled from them in a car and on horseback. (KNBC-TV, Associated Press)

By Paloma Esquivel, Richard Winton and Cindy Chang
April 11, 2015

After leading authorities on a nearly three-hour pursuit by car and horseback, Francis Pusok was lying face down in the dirt with his hands clasped behind his back as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies moved in.

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Apple Valley

Apple Valley is grabbing headlines after video images of police beating a man are broadcast across the country.

Published: April 11, 2015 – Updated: 8:46 p.m.

The national spotlight is shining on Apple Valley after images of police punching and kicking a man were broadcast across the country.

It’s unfortunate the desert town is grabbing headlines for the wrong reasons, say residents and civic leaders.

To read story by Stephen Wall in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

Published: April 9, 2015 – Updated: 4:46 p.m.

The family of a Moreno Valley man who died following a videotaped altercation with police outside a fast-food restaurant is set to receive $5.55 million to settle a civil lawsuit against Riverside County, according to court records.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

ACLU

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/15 – 2:37 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A spokesman for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says a federal investigation into the county Sheriff’s Department has been too long in coming.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff assault ripples far and wide

SBCO Sheriff Badge

Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

Ripples from the epicenter of a videotaped assault on an unarmed High Desert man, who fled from Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, are expanding at an ever increasing rate.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, April 10, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ed Hoffman, president of Wholesale Capital Corporation, to discuss the beating of a man by San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies. Deputies used a Taser on the man, who surrendered, placing his hands behind his back. Deputies then pummeled him. How should they be held accountable?

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FBI Logo

Friday, April 10, 2015 – 03:45 P.M.

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice has entered into Thursday’s tape recorded use of force incident caught on tape by Los Angeles-based KNBC-TV 4, involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, who appear to use excessive force in the apprehension of a suspect after a long pursuit involving an automobile and horseback.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff’s Department takes another blow

SBSO Sheriff

Friday, April 10, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon couldn’t buy good news if he tried.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Use-of-Force

Exclusive aerial footage showed a group of up to five sheriff’s deputies kicking and punching a man who lead officials on a pursuit in the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley before 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Published Thursday, Apr 9, 2015)

By Jason Kandel and Tony Shin
Thursday, April 9, 2015

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon ordered an immediate internal investigation Thursday into what he called “disturbing” video showing an arrest by deputies after a horse pursuit that was caught on camera by NewsChopper4.

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Daily Press: McMahon stands by department’s Taser policy

SBCO Sheriff Badge

By Anneli Fogt, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated Apr 8, 2015 at 10:04 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Wednesday stood by the department’s use-of-force training procedures and Taser guidelines weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued the department alleging they withheld requested documents surrounding Taser policies and use.

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Medical Marijuana

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

A bipartisan pair of California House members are insisting that the Justice Department back off from prosecutions of medical marijuana patients and providers in states with medical marijuana laws – as Congress mandated in a recent spending bill.

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InlandPolitics: Twist develops in California Charter Academy prosecution

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

A twist has developed in the long-running California Charter Academy prosecution.

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Adrienna Wong - ACLU

Adrienna Wong, a staff attorney with the ACLU, has filed a lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff´s Department on Thursday, seeking more information regarding the alleged mistreatment of inmates at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Doug Saunders and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/26/15, 1:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> The ACLU sued the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Thursday, seeking a judge’s order to produce records on its Taser gun policies and practices, in light of controversy over how deputies are using the devices.

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Daily Press: ACLU sues over Taser records

Sheriff

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT: Watchdog group demands more documents to evaluate if concerns spurred change.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 26, 2015 at 2:50 PM
Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 6:48 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department held back requested documents related to its policies and practices on Taser use, impairing the ACLU’s ability to properly evaluate whether the department has taken a 2012 Grand Jury’s concerns seriously.

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U-T San Diego: CPUC set to spend $5.2M on defense lawyers

CPUC

The agency is facing three criminal probes.

By Jeff McDonald
March 26, 2015 – 6:26 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has arranged to spend as much as $5.2 million on criminal-defense lawyers to respond to ongoing state and federal investigations.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins Lou to discuss Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged with desertion yesterday. Moore spent a decade in the military. Hear what he has to say about the matter.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 23, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lt. Rich Lawhead, public information officer for the City of San Bernardino Police Department, joins Lou to discuss the disappearance of Sahray Barber. Hundreds of hours went into locating her. Were police intentionally mislead about her condition and whereabouts?

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Voice of OC: State AG Will Investigate Alleged DA Misconduct in Dekraai Case

California Department of Justice

By REX DALTON
March 20, 2015 at 5:41 PM

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today it will conduct “an independent investigation” of alleged misconduct by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas’ office in the prosecution of mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai.

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Tony Rackauckas

O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas’ office has been removed from the Seal Beach murder case. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 20, 2015

For 3 1/2 years, Paul Wilson has waited for his wife’s killer to face trial, a wait protracted by lengthy evidentiary hearings probing the mishandling of the case by authorities.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy: Judge rules city can reject police contract

gavel

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15, 2:59 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE >> A federal judge in San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case ruled Tuesday that the city can reject its bargaining agreement with the city’s police union.

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Tony Rackaukas

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said it’s clear that deputies’ testimony was “inconsistent” with statements they made in previous hearings. (SAM GANGWER, FILE PHOTO)

March 14, 2015
Updated March 15, 2015 – 8:22 a.m.
BY KELLY PUENTE / STAFF WRITER

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas conceded Saturday his office made mistakes prosecuting the county’s deadliest killer, but disagrees with a judge’s decision to remove the agency from the case.

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Los Angeles Times: O.C. prosecutors steering cases away from Judge Thomas Goethals

Thomas Goethals

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has been the focus of 57 disqualification requests from prosecutors since February 2014. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 13, 2015

For years, Thomas Goethals has weighed the fates of some of Orange County’s most violent criminals. But since the judge began presiding over heated hearings probing the misuse of jailhouse informants, dozens of prosecutors have steered criminal cases away from his courtroom.

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LATimes: Orange County D.A. is removed from Scott Dekraai murder trial

Orange County District Attorney

By Christopher Goffard
March 12, 2015

In a stinging rebuke, a criminal court judge removed the Orange County district attorney’s office from one of its highest-profile murder cases, saying prosecutors had violated mass shooter Scott Dekraai’s rights by repeatedly failing to turn over important evidence.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 12, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Lt. Rich Lawhead, public information officer for the City of San Bernardino joins Lou to discuss the ongoing search for a missing woman who disappeared near CSUSB after two violent attacks against women there.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Greg Doyle, former law enforcement officer here in the Inland Empire, joins Lou to talk about the recent attacks on two women at CSUSB and the disappearance of a third. How can you protect yourself in situations like these?

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Press-Enterprise: INDIO JAIL: Price tag now $331 million

Riverside County Indio Jail

Cost for Riverside County facility increases almost 40 percent from 2012 estimate of $237M.

Published: March 10, 2015 – Updated: 9:41 p.m.

Ground has yet to be broken on the long-awaited expansion of the Riverside County jail in Indio. But the estimated cost continues to grow.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Los Angeles County Police Shootings

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/07/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

The last time Los Angeles County prosecutors charged a police officer for shooting someone was in 2001.

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NY Observer: California Prosecutor Falsifies Transcript of Confession

California AG Kamala Harris Holds News Conference On Gun Violence

California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at a news conference on May 17, 2013 at the Los Angeles Civic Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images)

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Court of Appeal Slams AG Kamala Harris again

PDF: People v. Velasco-Palacios

By Sidney Powell | 03/04/15 – 1:04pm

When will they ever learn? Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski declared months ago in a much-quoted opinion that there is “an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.” And yet, prosecutors continue to deny there’s a problem. Indeed, the Department of Justice gets outright indignant at the suggestion, and so do many state court prosecutors. They bristle at the very mention of the possibility.

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SacBee: Big Prop. 47 loopholes biting back

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 5:46 PM

California’s legislators are now eager to plug some gaping – and potentially dangerous – loopholes in criminal laws that voters opened last year by passing Proposition 47.

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VVDailyBulletin: Federal grand jury investigating jail

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Five lawsuits allege civil rights abuses at West Valley Detention Center

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 16, 2015 @ 3:02 pm
Updated Feb 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM

A federal grand jury is investigating claims of deputy misconduct at West Valley Detention Center nearly a year after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and FBI launched separate probes into possible inmate civil rights violations at the jail.

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The Sentinel: Suggestions surface relating to Board Chairman’s drug use, coverup

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 14, 2015

(February 13) – A series of events has moved allegations of drug use by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos front and center, together with suggestions that county officials have ignored or covered up indications of that activity because of his extensive personal wealth which has been used to support other elected county officials’ own political efforts.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public-safety needs squeezing budget

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Spending on additional sheriff’s deputies, guaranteed pay raises and other public safety priorities is expected to put pressure on future Riverside County budgets, officials said this week.

Published: Feb. 13, 2015 – Updated: 3:03 p.m.

Hiring new sheriff’s deputies, funding guaranteed pay raises, staffing a bigger jail and other public safety demands are expected to put pressure on Riverside County’s budget for the next few years, officials said this week.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

KNBC

Friday, February 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County has settled a property damage dispute with the owner of the mountain cabin that burned to the ground during the apprehension of fugitive Christopher Dorner.

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InlandPolitics: Not a good week for San Bernardino County

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s safe to say last week wasn’t a good week for San Bernardino County Government.

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SacBee: CHP officers’ pay up 11 percent; number of officers declines

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
02/09/2015 7:50 PM

Payroll costs for California Highway Patrol officers grew an average 11 percent per employee last year, new state data show, fueled by a mandated raise, more overtime and the end of furloughs in 2013.

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SFChronicle: Eric Holder’s sorry sense of justice

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – Updated 3:43 pm

Thursday morning’s “Building community trust” roundtable discussion in Oakland with Attorney General Eric Holder, local law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders was designed to “build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” After brief remarks, Holder and company dismissed the press corps.

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