Thursday, October 30, 2014

Prisoner Abuse

http://www.lawofficer.com/article/news/los-angeles-county-deputy-conv#

Several Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies have been convicted of various crimes relating to abuse of prisoners.  The FBI was investigating the department based on complaints.  I think that generally, the states should investigate law enforcement agencies inside their borders.  Certainly that does not excuse the behavior of these deputies, but I don't think the Federal Government should be involved.

Jail is a dangerous and unhappy place for both inmates and deputies.  In one instance a deputy was bribed to take a cell phone inside to give to a prisoner.  Cell phones are often used by criminals to set up ongoing criminal activity outside the jail.

Abuse of prisoners is unacceptable behavior and should be reported when it happens.  Officers can make mistakes, have poor judgement, or get angry.  Anyone can have a bad day, but the abuse of prisoners is never permitted.  Sometimes additional training or role models can be helpful, but criminal behavior needs a loss of career; that's what the SGT Says.

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