LA Times Publishes Info on Faulty Sheriff's Department Hiring; Officers' Union Tried to Stop Report

A Los Angeles Times investigation revealed December 2 that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) hired numerous problem officers in 2010, including individuals who had histories of misconduct at other law enforcement agencies, had solicited prostitutes, falsified police records and unlawfully discharged firearms.

The leaked information reviewed by the Times included taped interviews with applicants as well as hiring investigation files and provide an inside look at the hiring practices at the nation's largest sheriff’s department. From the Times:

David McDonald was hired despite admitting to sheriff's investigators he had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl whom he kissed and groped. He was 28 at the time.

"I was in love," he said in an interview with The Times. "I wasn't being a bad guy."

In another case, Linda Bonner was given a job after revealing that she used her department-issued weapon to shoot at her husband as he ran away from her during an argument. He wasn't hit; he was lucky he was running in a zigzag pattern, she told investigators, because if not the end result "would have been a whole lot different."

The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), the union that represents LASD deputies,tried in September 2013 to stop the records from being unveiled, going after the Times and the reporter who had acquired the records, Robert Faturechi, saying he unlawfully possessed background investigation files containing personal information of deputies.

"What part of 'stolen property' is such a mystery to the L.A. Times?" ALADS President Floyd Hayhurst said in a statement on the ALADS website. "If any harm comes to deputy sheriffs or their families because of the stolen files, we will hold the Los Angeles Times responsible for their complete lack of journalistic integrity," Hayhurst said.

From the Times in September:

The Times' lawyers contended deputies’ privacy rights or speculation about threats to their safety could not justify a violation of free-speech rights.

The newspaper’s attorneys also wrote that the union had no basis for seeking an emergency order, noting that The Times has published other stories based on information from employment records in the past.

The Times reported in October on the department's hiring of employees who had personal ties to top officials or Sheriff Lee Baca himself despite histories of violence and brushes with the law.

In August, the Sheriff’s Department announced in a press release that it launched a criminal investigation into the leak of personal information to a Times reporter.

For more on the LASD and misconduct in the department, read and watch LA County Sheriff's Hassle Photographer, Trample Constitution, Get Lauded by Bosses:

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  • Dave Krueger||

    There are two kinds of cops: Bad ones and those who cover for the bad ones.

  • AdamJ||

    +1000

  • Redmanfms||

    I was told once, probably 10 years ago, that LASD is where fired LAPD officers went next. Apparently this is still true.

    "If any harm comes to deputy sheriffs or their families because of the stolen files, we will hold the Los Angeles Times responsible for their complete lack of journalistic integrity," Hayhurst said.

    Uhhh, what?

  • dan'o||

    Harm seems much more likely to come to the public at large when you give law power to a dude who sees dating a 14 year old as "being in love," or a chick who tried to blast her husband as he retreated from an argument

  • ||

    He wasn't hit; he was lucky he was running in a zigzag pattern, she told investigators, because if not the end result "would have been a whole lot different."

    This is "cop mode" in a nutshell. They cannot help but go into violence bragging mode once they get started...even in a fucking job interview. Anyone who has talked to a cop long enough for them to talk about a collar of theirs or an interrogation of theirs has seen "cop mode", and it's disgusting.

  • Steve G||

    OT/for lack of weekend links:

    Wage strikes planned

    If you're 29 and raising children and the best you can do is fast food 11 whole years after (theoretically) graduating HS, then be glad you're at least artificially worth $7-8/hr.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Backers of the movement for higher pay point to studies saying that the average age of fast-food workers is 29 and that more than one-fourth are parents raising children.

    If you are working for minimum wage and chose to have children, you're kind of a piece of shit to begin with.

  • Jordan||

    Yeah, your employer is not the villain in that scenario.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    Nah, Jordan, employer is always wrong. You didn't know?

  • AdamJ||

    my boss is out to get me...

  • ||

    Random busybody: "Oh you want children, why don't you have some?"

    Me: "Well, I'd like to be in a stable, long-term relationship with a combined income that could make life comfortable for all parties."

    RB: "But you'd be a great parent and you want children..."

    Me: "Yes, I'd be a great parent because I'm capable of planning further into the future than a kindergartner."

  • Dweebston||

    It's like the marshmallow experiment, except with raunchy bareback sex rather than marshmallows.

  • ||

    Raunchy bareback sex doesn't run me much risk of poverty babies. Other life problems, yes, but not so much babies.

  • adifferentken||

    Can't we have both?

  • fish||

    +1 Trading Places

  • prolefeed||

    If you are working for minimum wage and chose to have children, you're kind of a piece of shit to begin with.

    Nah, someone can make minimum wage and be a good parent. You don't need a buttload of money to feed a kid and put a roof over their head if you select the right locale.

    Now, if someone bitches about the consequences of their career choices and reproductive choices in that scenario, I'd be more receptive to the POS label for that person.

  • Dweebston||

    My dad's girlfriend investigated what the state requires for licensing a home to operate as a daycare, since she plays full-time nanny for her several grandkids.

    Besides the many, many health and safety requirements and inspections she would need to meet, the state requires already working several years in the field. Nice racket the entrenched providers have going.

    People complain about the cost of having their children looked after: well, there you go.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    But we need the gubmint to make sure we don't have substandard insurancedaycare.

  • ||

    If you are working for minimum wage and chose to have children, you're kind of a piece of shit to begin with.

    Eh, young people often make poor decisions and I have a lot of respect for people who work to provide for their offspring.

    But at the same time if you think that you should be able to make a career flipping burgers than yeah, your lack of ambition and imagination is disgraceful.

  • Dweebston||

    I'm paid maybe half again the prevailing minimum wage, and I couldn't imagine having a child even with a similarly-paid spouse. It beggars the imagination that some people manage a brood with less than I make. Props to those who can, it's definitely not for me.

  • Mokers||

    Mr. Rojas said he had studied for a pharmacy technician’s certificate, but he had been unable to save the $100 needed to apply for a license.

    So the people responsible for Mr. Rojas being unable to improve his circumstances is McDonald's and not the entity that decides it needs $100 from each pharmacy technician?

  • ||

    If you can't get your hands on $100 that will theoretically significantly increase your quality of living, you have much bigger problems. I mean, he doesn't have anything he can part with and sell for $100? No one he can borrow $100 from? No odd jobs around the neighborhood he can do when not at Mickey D's that people will pay him for? No medical experiments he can volunteer for? Is he too good to sell his body a few times? Did the local sperm bank refuse him as a donor? He can't steal enough stuff from Mickey D's to make $100? He says he lives with his parents. Don't they have anything he can steal and sell?

    This guy is lazy.

  • ||

    You are right about the licensing bullshit, but who is incapable of finding a relative/friend that can loan him $100?

    That's like a 7th grader's problem.

  • Dweebston||

    #7thgradeproblems

  • Sevo||

    Or it's a lie.
    He's looking for excuses.

  • ||

    I put 10$ per month in a jar. At the end of a year I have enough money to buy my license AND get buy food for me and my family at a taco truck.

  • Sevo||

    jesse.in.mb|12.1.13 @ 9:30PM|#
    "I put 10$ per month in a jar. At the end of a year I have enough money to buy my license AND get buy food for me and my family at a taco truck."

    There are people who *cannot* save any money. They tend to live in N. Korea, Cuba and some portions of sub-Saharan Africa.
    They do not live in the US making even minimum wage. Quit drinking whatever store-bought beverage you currently do and drink water; you will find your C-note soon enough.

  • MJGreen||

    But how does he make enough money to buy a jar?

    Check your privilege.

  • ||

    +100 knapsacks

  • Sevo||

    This is a topic a thread or so over, and I'm half convinced the GOP should sponsor a bill making the minimum wage $50/hr. In not long, the poor would still be poor, but they'd be paying the IRS a whole lot of money.

  • Dweebston||

    The true minimum wage being $0, I suspect they'd be much worse off than that.

  • Res ipsa loquitur||

    The employer is always the villain.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Linda Bonner was given a job after revealing that she used her department-issued weapon to shoot at her husband as he ran away from her during an argument.

    Did she yell, "STOP RESISTING!"?

  • Metazoan||

    Linda Bonner was given a job after revealing that she used her department-issued weapon to shoot at her husband as he ran away from her during an argument.

    What the actual fuck?

  • Cdr Lytton||

    He's smart enough to realize he would have been charged with assaulting a cop if he defended himself?

  • Somebody else||

    This says that they revealed it Dec. 2 and this article and the one cited are dated Dec. 1. Probably ought to change that.

  • Metazoan||

    Maybe time travel was involved.

  • AdamJ||

    Serve and protect bitches

  • Alice Bowie||

    The Real funny part is that a TERRORIST would probably use a hidden camera to obtain this information.

    In NYC, what the police do, is look at the crowd and pick people with backpacks to be searched. No, you tell me? If a Terrorist with a Bomb is picked for a search and he has a bomb in his bag, what do you think he would do?

    The police know all of this. If I know it, they know it.

    All these efforts are to harass people and, primarily, used in their futile fight against narcotics.

  • Ted S.||

    If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.

  • Alice Bowie||

    Then you should have no problems with cameras in your home.

  • Ted S.||

    I probably should have put quote marks around that. That's the logic the police use, but oh how they whine and shriek when anybody tries to tape them or release information about their wrongdoing.

  • Almanian!||

    Now here's a use of drones we can get behind!
    Amazon to use drones for deliveries.

  • Sevo||

    SEIU Stages Protest Over Sub-Minimum Wage for Drones! Film at 11!
    BTW, by now it should be obvious that the folks quoted in the Wal-Mart protests are paid protesters.

  • ||

    You gotta link to a story with pics and video!

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    People came from across the United Kingdom for the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical left party brought together by an appeal by Ken Loach to defend the welfare state and present an economic alternative to austerity.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    Meanwhile, in Russia

  • ||

    Is that like a right-hand drive Honda CR-V?

  • ||

    It appears that YouTube comments actually have improved:

    I sure hope they released this magnificent creature back into the wild after fishing it out of it's home.
  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

  • cavalier973||

  • AdamJ||

    Any police or sheriff department that knowingly hires a child molester should be immediately disbanded.

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