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2 Deadliest Police Depts in America Under Investigation Amid Pile of Dead Bodies

(RT) — Kern County earned itself the dubious honor of being home to the two most lethal police departments in the country. Now, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is opening a non-criminal investigation into them.

Kern County, California, has a population of less than one million residents, but their two largest police forces killed more people in 2015 than the New York City Police Department (NYPD), despite the Big Apple’s population being 10 times larger.

After the pair were deemed the deadliest local law enforcement agencies nationwide by the Guardian, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that media reports and citizen complaints had given her cause to investigate both Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the Bakersfield Police Department.

Excessive use of force and police misconduct erode and undermine the public’s trust in our law enforcement agencies,” Harris said in a statement.

The investigation is meant to determine whether officers in either department displayed a “pattern of practice of excessive force or other civil rights violations.

While Kern County’s rate of killings by police declined in 2016, in 2015 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Bakersfield Police Department killed a combined 14 people. That may not sound like a high number, but the NYPD killed 10 people during that same amount of time, according to the Guardian.

A particularly controversial killing was that of 73-year-old Francisco Serna by the Bakersfield Police Department on December 12. Serna suffered from dementia and would go for walks when he struggled to sleep. Police responded after receiving a call about a man with a gun.

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When officers approached, Serna refused to remove his hands from his pockets. He was shot eight times. Police never recovered a weapon from the scene, but they did find a dark, plastic crucifix in his pocket, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Both the Bakersfield PD and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office plan to cooperate with the investigation. In a press release, Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin stated on Thursday, “the trust and confidence of the public is vital to the credibility and effectiveness of the Bakersfield Police Department.”

A spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office told the Guardian they would “fully cooperate” with the investigation.

  • Hugh Culliton

    “After the pair were deemed the deadliest local law enforcement agencies nationwide by the Guardian, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that media reports and citizen complaints had given her cause to investigate both Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the Bakersfield Police Department.”

    Finally, like the momentary clarity of an alcoholic, we see the clouds part and journalist actually doing their fucking job! The Guardian investigated rather than Googling, and put enough pressure on the government that they were forced to act.

    Thanks Matt & merry Christmas!

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    • john robel

      It is EVERYWHERE. Here in Spokane the local gestapo beat handicapped Otto Zehm to death because 2 idiot little bitches called 911 after seeing a “suspicious” handicapped man overjoyed about his bonus pay. Look at the video and see the intent and preconception of pig officer Karl Thompson as he storms into the store. Former classmate Tim Egan wrote a great book about historical police corruption entitled “Breaking Blue”. Cops have HISTORICALLY GOTTEN AWAY WITH MURDER. WE ALLOW IT.

    • Steve Rusk

      Just another dog and pony show, nothing will change

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  • Gregory Krone

    Mother Fucking Shocker!

  • Ed

    All Cops can’t keep saying they “Feared for their Life” to justify shooting someone. We must let a jury of their peers decide in each and every case, the prosecutors will have to work to Free a Cop! I can see the shit getting deeper as I write!

  • Guy

    I am a San Joaquin Valley boy, growing up here in California for a lifetime. Everyone has known forever, that you don’t mess with Fresno or Bakersfield Cop’s, unless you have a death wish or like to get beat up ! These guy’s are some of the Meanest, Most Racist And Brutal Cop’s around, with Stockton CA, coming in a close second. If you are Latino or African American it is doubly hard, because these thugs with badges, watch there minority populations real close, keeping them in check, by constant harassment and pressure. They were doing stop and frisk, long befor NYC ever had the idea. Just not a stated policy in the rule book, but all Chief’s giving a nod of approval.

    Attorney General Kamala Harris ? What a joke she has been, and just now announcing a investigation ? Only reason she is doing anything at all, is it has finally blown up in her face about Kern County, and she has too !

    • john robel

      All you Kalifornicators keep electing worthless POS like MOONBEAM brown, Pelosi, boxer and feinstien. You get what you deserve. If you still had a 2nd amendment in the peoples republic of Kalifornia, you could shoot the sons a bitches.

      • George Reichel

        Well said!And true for the rest of the country too.

      • Guy

        I am a 6th generation, with my son’s making 7 th. Our, “California, family started farming here over 125 years ago and still are !

        I have never voted for any of thouse useless political idiots, you mentioned, nor ever will, voting pretty much Republic for a lifetime.

        Now why don’t you all do us a favor, and go shoot yourself ! Because you have allready shot yourself in the foot !

    • Wanda Tillman

      Kern County has a history of abuse of power by those in positions of authority. Some years ago, I was one of many animal rescuers who pushed for an investigation of Kern County Animal Control. The public was not allowed to look for their dog in the shelter unless they had a verbal description that matched with a dog that was there. With many of the dogs in shelters being mixed breeds, opinions of what mix the individual dog was differed. Many dogs (and cats) were killed while the owners were trying to find them simply because the owner called the dog a boxer mix and the “authorities” called it something else. One dog, a boxer, died (starved to death) because they would not release it to rescue until he was so weak he could not even stand on his own, this after weeks of trying to get him out while he still had a chance to make a recovery. A lawsuit resulted, which “we” won (after over two years of effort on our part) and at least for a while it made a difference. I haven’t been in CA for nearly 10 years. There are good people in Kern County, but the county sure has some bullies in positions of authority.

    • George Reichel

      You can’t be serious!Progressive Caliornia?lmao

  • phil

    “Police responded after receiving a call about a man with a gun.
    When officers approached, Serna refused to remove his hands from his pockets. He was shot eight times. Police never recovered a weapon from the scene, but they did find a dark, plastic crucifix in his pocket, the Los Angeles Times reported.”

    Simple fix. When police make a reasonable request, go along with it.

    • Guy

      So by that, you mean you’re okay with it if, a cop pulls over a family member of your’s, and the family member pulls out a cell phone, Cop goes into “Fear For His Life Mode” whips out his gun, yelling “Stop” family member goes “Huh” and cop shoots your nice family members brains all over the back seat of there car, in a flat 4 seconds, pretty cool huh ! Because Cop Was Making A Reasonable Request, And Your Family Member Was Either To Stupid, Or Just Not Going Along With It, For The Cop’s Liking Enough, Considering He Was Reasonable, All with the DA, Chief, Grand Jury Agreeing With It !?

      • phil

        A cop is standing by your window and you dive into your pocket “for your cell phone”?
        Given the propensity for blm terrorists to kill cops, when pulled over by a cop, just do what he says or if you are reaching for your phone, tell him what you’re doing and don’t do anything suddenly.

    • Dean Franklin

      THE MAN HAD DEMENTIA stupid

  • Ibcamn

    maybe this will wake up the public a bit…..corruption,murder for hire and drug dealing and even child prostitution and sales….cops are pure criminals,they commit more crimes per day than the average civilian does,cops are just criminals with a badge,nothing more.

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