La Times: Sheriff Dept Mass Hired Officers with History of Misconduct
Los Angeles law enforcement has a very well known reputation, a reputation that is known across the world. It’s known for being very corrupt and very violent. Nothing proved this more than the televised manhunt for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner. A ‘rogue’ officer, who’s main grievance was of department corruption, had all law enforcement for miles turn the greater Los Angeles area into a chaotic, lawless war zone. Officers repeatedly misidentified and shot innocent civilians with no repercussions or any sign of remorse. A recent report by the Los Angeles Times gives a very credible explanation as to why this is such a routine occurrence.
In this report, The Times found that of 280 individuals hired by the LA Sheriffs Department an unbelievable 188 had been rejected by other law enforcement agencies or departments. Of those rejected, 100 of the individuals had shown blatant patterns of dishonesty; committing acts such as falsifying police records or tampering with evidence. They hired 92 officers who has been officially disciplined in previous departments and 29 officers who were actually dismissed for infractions ranging from accidentally discharging their weapon, hiring prostitutes and engaging in sexual intercourse while on duty.
The former assistant for County Sheriff Lee Baca said there was significant political pressure involved in these decisions. One officer, who spoke with the LA Times, had been fired from another Sheriff’s Department for kissing and groping a 14-year-old girl, while carrying on a relationship with her. The LA Sheriff’s Department hired this officer without skipping a beat. Many of these officers have again been accused and found guilty of varying degrees of misconduct since joining LA’s Sheriff Department, but how could anyone have predicted that?