UPDATE: 18 LA Sheriff's Officers Charged with Federal Crimes as a Result of FBI Investigation

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that more than twelve current and former Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) officials will be arrested following grand jury hearings into whether officers hid FBI informant, Anthony Brown, from federal handlers:

At least one witness testified that sheriff's officials moved the inmate and changed his name in an attempt to hide him from federal agents, and that top officials in the department played a role in the plan, according to another source familiar with the grand jury testimony.

Sheriff's officials insist they were not hiding Brown from the FBI but protecting him from other deputies.

Brown told the FBI the names of corrupt deputies and incidences of excessive force inside the LASD Men's Central Jail. He was found out in August 2011 during a cell search when jail deputies found the phone Brown used to communicate with the FBI. From the LA Times in 2012:

Brown said FBI agents rushed into the jail to visit him soon after they learned his cover had been blown. But as the meeting began, Brown said, a sheriff's investigator came in and ended it. "This…visit is over," the official said, according to Brown.

Brown said sheriff's officials moved him, changed his name several times and grilled him about what he knew and whether he would testify in the federal investigation.

"I didn't know it then, but they were hiding me from the feds," said Brown, who is serving 423 years to life in prison for armed robbery.

More details about the charges are expected after a press conference at 1pm (Pacific) with officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI.

UPDATE: The U.S. Attorney's Office is saying that they are charging 18 current and former LASD officers with civil rights and corruption violations:

LOS ANGELES – Five criminal cases that charge a total of 18 current or one-time deputy sheriffs of various ranks were unsealed today as part of ongoing and wide-ranging FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights violations and corruption involving members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Four grand jury indictments and one criminal complaint allege crimes that include unjustified beatings of jail inmates and visitors at downtown Los Angeles jail facilities, unjustified detentions and a conspiracy to obstruct a federal investigation into misconduct at the Men’s Central Jail.

Federal authorities announced the charges after 16 of the defendants were taken into custody earlier today. Those defendants are expected to be arraigned on the charges this afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

The LA Times has also posted a copy of the indictment against seven officers a part of hiding informant Brown from FBI handlers. 

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

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  • playa manhattan||

    Already posted this earlier, but topical here.

    The LA Co Sheriffs Dept also killed the former COO of Napster yesterday:
    http://www.tmz.com/2013/12/09/.....collision/

  • Almanian!||

    I already posted this earlier, but topical here:

    "Cop: If you don't like the way I drive, get off the sidewalk!"

  • ||

    "...witnesses say Olin was in the bike lane when he was struck.

    ....officials say neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be involved."

    Hmmm. Isnt it illegal in Ca to use a cell phone in any capacity while driving?

  • mr simple||

    I believe there is an explicit loophole for cops in CA.

  • playa manhattan||

    There is for a 2-way radio, but not a cellphone.

  • Brett L||

    But how will they cruise around with their right arm propped against the headrest holding the phone to their ear? Its the official cop driving pose.

  • ||

    Yes, there is:

    (d) This section does not apply to an emergency services professional using a wireless telephone while operating an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in Section 165, in the course and scope of his or her duties.
  • CE||

    The difference is the training.

  • Ted S.||

    "I didn't know it then, but they were hiding me from the feds," said Brown, who is serving 423 years to life in prison for armed robbery.

    Yes; we expect him to live 423 years.

  • lafe.long||

    "423 years to life"

    I'm sure there is a point to this kind of sentencing.

  • Agammamon||

    Well, the judiciary likes to stay ahead of the technology curve - they're just ready for radical advances in medical technology.

  • The Last American Hero||

    I'm not sure whether to be more confused by the large number or the fact that is not a round number.

  • CE||

    It helps the sentencing averages. And keeps the really bad dudes from getting out on parole.

  • Mr. Soul||

    doesn't that mean that he starts serving his life sentence at age 423?

  • The Last American Hero||

    +1 singularity

  • ||

    I love how all this ridiculous shit goes on, and every single bit of this intrigue, corruption, blatant lawbreaking, political maneuvering, and power game playing is paid for by us. Every single bit of it. Even if they get caught, we pay the lawsuits that result. At every turn, we pay for it all. And they get to play their games while we watch our paychecks get docked.

    Parasite doesn't even begin to describe them.

  • ||

    ^Comment of the week.

    You should have added in there how it gets exponentially worse, and more expensive, as you move up the chain from local to state to federal.....

  • playa manhattan||

    The cyclist killing was in my home county. That one is going to cost a couple million at least.

  • ||

    Yeah, but the point is: no matter how much money they're wasting relative to one another, we pay for it all. All of it. They are paid, equipped, and funded by money forcefully taken from us to do whatever the fuck they feel like.

    No wonder they treat and think of us as second-hand citizens. From their perspective, we're absolute chumps.

  • Paul.||

    Stories like this always confuse me. It's very difficult to tell who the bad guys is.

    Career criminal being hidden by group of career criminals from other career criminals.

  • Almanian!||

    It's career criminals all the way down

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Well, only one person in that story was actually being punished for his behavior.

  • ||

    " It's very difficult to tell who the bad guys is. "

    So you can tell who the good guy is?

  • Paul.||

    No!

  • Obese American||

    There ain't no good guys, there ain't no bad guys, there's only you and me and we just disagree.

  • CE||

    Wake me up when a county sheriff somewhere arrests a federal agent.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    Perfect cap for the wood (or silverware) anniversary of the Blago pinch.

  • brokencycle||

    Why would the sheriffs hide him and not just kill him or have another convict kill him?

  • ||

    They knew the feds were going to come for him. If they killed him they would pay the price. Some crooked shithead cajoled his inferiors into doing this in the hopes that it would not lead back to him. Hey, I am not saying they are geniuses, but I have seen this kind of shit go on before.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    This is why I am not in favor of completely abolishing capital punishment. This sort of grotesque abuse, under color of law, deserves execution. And it should be beamed live into every single police station in the country.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    In the video, that officer at 4:39 is pretty cute.

  • playa manhattan||

    I fast forwarded to 4:39 and saw no such thing.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    Fast forward to about 4:38 because she is only in a couple of frames. Obscured by the Asian guy in gray hoodie at first. Left half of screen, dark blue uniform and black boots. Oddly, she wears her handcuffs dangling in front of her rather than in a holster.

  • playa manhattan||

    I see what you did there.

  • CE||

    Just playin' with your mind...

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Witness tampering in a federal investigation would probably be treated as a criminal act, if a civilian did it.

  • ||

    Yeah, probably. Which means absolutely and bringing the hammer down as hard as they can.

  • CE||

    It's being treated as a criminal act here too. 18 LA County Sheriff's deputies face federal charges.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    If the FBI spent as much time cleaning out police stations as they did wasting time peering into the personal lives of millions of innocent people looking for the .005 percenter that is capable of blowing up a bridge they actually begin to serve a useful societal function.

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