LA supervisors criticize Sheriff Lee Baca amid FBI jail probe for unlawful institutional Policies By Gang Banging Officers;
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Lieutenant Gregory Thompson, who oversaw LASD’s Operation Safe Jails Program, and Lieutenant Stephen Leavins, learned that an inmate was an FBI informant and was acting as a cooperator in the FBI’s corruption and civil rights investigation.
Those allegedly involved in the obstruction scheme took affirmative steps to hide the cooperator from the FBI and the United States Marshals Service, which was attempting to bring the inmate to testify before a federal grand jury in response to an order issued by a federal judge. As part of the conspiracy, the deputies allegedly altered records to make it appear that the cooperator had been released. They then re-booked the inmate under a different name, and then told the cooperator that he had been abandoned by the FBI.
In 2010 and 2011arrested or detained five victims – including the Austrian consul general – when they arrived to visit inmates at the Men’s Central Jail (MCJ).
The pattern of activity alleged in the obstruction of justice case shows how some members of the Sheriff’s Department considered themselves to be above the law. Instead of cooperating with the federal investigation to ensure that corrupt law enforcement officers would be brought to justice, the defendants in this case are accused of taking affirmative steps designed to ensure that light would not shine on illegal conduct that violated basic constitutional rights.”
Michael Holguin, an inmate at Men’s Central Jail in 2009, says he endured an unprovoked beating at the hands of deputies.
“If I were to beat somebody like that on the street, they’d arrest me for that. But it’s OK because they’re wearing a badge,” said Holguin.
Holguin says one the deputies arrested on Monday was involved in his case.
“Justice just may prevail. If everybody has to answer to the law, why shouldn’t they?” he said.
The Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, in its 2012 report, said deputies used force against inmates even “when there was no threat at all,” and referred to “a culture of aggression among some deputies in the jails.”
Read the entire criminal complaint here: (Warning, contains explicit language)