Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, left, with Andre Birotte, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, right, comment on the five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriffís deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nationís largest jail system, during a news conference in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
and Kelly Goff, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/10/13, 8:08 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago
The union boss for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday stepped to the defense of deputies arrested in misconduct at county jails, accusing the FBI of waging a “vendetta” against some of them and adding that some of their behavior was authorized by higher-ups in the department.
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