18 LA Sheriff's Deputies Indicted In Sweeping Jail Probe

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NPR - 12/09/13, Scott Neuman

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011
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Federal prosecutors announced Monday the indictment of 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on an array of charges stemming from a sweeping investigation into inmate abuse and corruption.

"These incidents did not take place in a vacuum — in fact, they demonstrated behavior that had become institutionalized," said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. "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."

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