Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Cesspool of Ambivalence

Last week, I noted an article which indicated that the Los Angeles County Police Department was hiring -- as peace officers -- the kind of folks who would normally be incarcerated.

Well, maybe they were just hiring people they had a lot in common with?

Federal officials on Monday unsealed five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system.
Lovely, anything else to make it extra disturbing?
Among those charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice in the 18-page indictment are two lieutenants, one of whom oversaw the department's safe jails program and another who investigated allegations of local crimes committed by sheriff's personnel, two sergeants and three deputies.
It's the kind of thing that would happen when people are taught to not give a damn what happens to people...who are not them.

How could something like that happen here?

Oh, right, it is here.

David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'
Indeed it is. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]


pansypoo said...

rotting head?

Anonymous said...

LA County Jail has been a cesspool for years, aided and abetted by the idiot chorus of pants-pissing rahrah Republicans for whom no amount of brutality against people who aren't them is enough. I hope they thoroughly clean house this time after many false starts.

The last straw with the Feds may have been when they handcuffed and arrested the Austrian Consul-General who was attempting to visit an inmate (and had diplomatic immunity). Local law enforcement causing a diplomatic stink with the State Department tends to bring down the hammer and rightfully so.

grouchomarxist said...

That speech by David Simon was excellent, if not particularly happy-making. Thanks for the link.