Why Are the Courts Protecting Bad Cops?
March 15, 2017

“Right now, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has in his possession a list of about 300 deputies who have been guilty of ‘moral turpitude.’ According to a letter the Sheriff’s Department sent to these deputies last year, the ‘performance deficiencies’ that fall under that banner include tampering with evidence, making false statements, and using unreasonable force. These are the sorts of activities that might reasonably get a deputy fired, and they are certainly things that criminal defendants facing these officers in a courtroom have a right to know. To his credit, Sheriff McDonnell wants to share the names of these deputies with prosecutors.”

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