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Sheriff Tries to Expose List of 300 Bad Cops, Courts & Union Promptly Block Him

Los Angeles, CA — Domestic violence, bribery, theft, excessive force, brutality — these are just a few of the crimes committed by active duty sheriff’s deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In total, there are 300 deputies with a history of misconduct whom Sheriff Jim McDonnell thinks the public should know about. However, thanks to a protectionist court system and a powerful police union, the crimes of these cops may remain secret.

Having taken over one of the most corrupt sheriff’s departments in the country, McDonnell appears to be taking steps to increase transparency and foster public trust. But these steps are being met with heavy resistance along the way.

In 2014, McDonnell inherited a department in chaos.

In April of last year, former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was convicted in connection with a sweeping, federal civil rights investigation of corruption and deputy-on-inmate abuse inside the jail system.

Tanaka, along with former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and dozens of other deputies, were exposed in a horrific abuse scandal that shocked LA County. In fact, Baca’s crimes were proven so grave in a civil suit, that he was found personally liable for $100,000, which he is to pay the victim directly out of his own pocket.

After seeing the breeding ground for corruption that McDonnell took over, it is no surprise his move to increase transparency is being met with such resistance. The years of corruption that festered under Baca did not happen in a vacuum. It was allowed to grow out of control by a union and a system that helped cover it up.

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To promote a more transparent and fair system of justice, McDonnell wanted to turn over the names and crimes of hundreds of problem cops to prosecutors, who can then add them to a database that tracks problem cops. This information can then be disclosed to defendants who may have been unjustly targeted by these cops.

After all, if a cop has been caught stealing from the department, beating an innocent person, or accepting bribes, then their honesty on the stand should certainly come under question — especially considering the fact that their tainted testimony could decide whether or not an innocent person gets thrown in a cage.

However, according to the LA Times, the union that represents rank-and-file deputies strongly opposes providing the names to prosecutors and has taken the department to court. The Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) argues that the disclosure would violate state laws protecting officer personnel files and draw unfair scrutiny on deputies whose mistakes might have happened long ago.

Shortly after the Union noted their opposition, an appeals court sided with them by blocking the sheriff from sending the list of problem cops to the DA.

To be clear here, this list would not be a matter of public record, although it undoubtedly should be. It would only come up when the officer is set to testify against someone they accused of a crime.

As the Times points out, departments in at least a dozen counties, such as San Francisco and Sacramento, regularly send prosecutors the names of problem officers. Some, including agencies in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura have done so for well over a decade.

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This process only helps to further the cause of transparency — but not in LA.

In 1963, the U.S. Supreme court ruled, in Brady vs. Maryland, prosecutors must turn over exculpatory, or favorable evidence to the defense to lessen the instance of faulty convictions. However, if this precedent in LA takes hold, the rights of the accused will suffer a dangerous blow.

Jerry Coleman, a special assistant district attorney in San Francisco County who teaches prosecutorial ethics at the University of San Francisco School of Law, told the Times that the ripple effects of such a failure can spread well beyond the courtroom.

“They affect not just our relations with police but our relations with victims, and the integrity of the criminal justice system entirely, and the public’s sense of honesty in the proceedings,” he said.

As for the court’s reasoning for keeping the criminal records of police officers secret — it could “create a negative stigma for the deputy.”

“The disclosure of a deputy’s name in conjunction with this list will create a negative stigma for the deputy,” Superior Court Judge James Chalfant wrote in his decision last month.

If the cop is accused of beating a handcuffed suspect, shouldn’t his ‘stigma’ be ‘negative’, especially given the fact that he was obviously allowed to keep his badge and gun?

“We’re not trying to hide anything that’s gone on in the past. The fact of the matter is, nobody wants to be wrongly accused of anything. That applies to everyone else in the world, so it should apply to deputies too,” ALADS’ president, Det. Ron Hernandez said.

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However, if these officers were wrongly accused, then their records should not have any marks on them.

To highlight the glaring double standard of cops and the people they police, consider what happens after a police-involved shooting. Immediately after a cop shoots someone, their previous criminal record is not only released but it is published by news outlets in an attempt to assassinate the victim’s character publicly, and without due process exonerate the officer.

At least in the case of prosecutors maintaining the list, these matters would be resolved in a courtroom instead of the comment sections of local news affiliates.

Just as police accountability attempts to take a half step forward, the blue wall of protection comes crashing down and sets it two steps back.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit


  • The Cat’s Vagina

    The Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) argues that the disclosure would violate state laws protecting officer personnel files and draw unfair scrutiny on deputies whose mistakes might have happened long ago.

    Oh, bullshit! This “concern” could be very easily assuaged by putting a time limit on qualifying offenses.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, it is true. There really IS a state law that says departments cannot publicize an officers disciplinary record.


      Anyway, the big problem is, there is NO PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY for bad cops. So, how many times does a cop have to be “accused” of wrong doing?

      Also see: http://www.ocweekly.com/news/la-deputies-on-beating-johnnie-franklin-jones-6422116

      Note: The LASD has completely cleared the two deputies of ANY wrongdoing what so ever. The cop suckers on the jury also copped out.

      “After reviewing the deputies’ questionable reports, Orange County Deputy District Attorney Laurie Hungerford refused to prosecute Jones even on the misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge. Hungerford determined that the deputies had overreacted at the scene, concluding there was “no probable cause to detain” Jones.”

      Particularly damning: “During the pretrial period, deputy Los Angeles County Counsel Joseph Langston took the position that a federal judge’s order that Jones was to receive all discovery records on the officers meant he only had to share information favorable to the cops’ side. Working in conjunction with the sheriff’s department, Langston, who is the spitting image of a young Rob Lowe, stonewalled Jones’ legal team of Jerry L. Steering and Alexander J. Perez. The department even ignored the orders of U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter. The battle over the records went on for days at the outset of the trial. Finally, Carter told Langston that he was on the verge of sending a team of U.S. Marshals to arrest Sheriff Lee Baca and transport him to his courtroom.”

      Note: Sheriff Lee Baca is right now facing felony charges in another case.

      However even after this: “The department still refused to produce recordings of internal-affairs interviews with Harper and Sherred; in fact, as of this moment, they remain officially “lost.” That claim is “very troubling” to Carter. In open court but outside the presence of the jury, he opined, “This certainly reflects on the agency.”

      They lost them? How convenient!!!

      “Sheriff’s officials finally released a video of Harper participating in an incident in which a herd of transit deputies brutalized a different African-American suspect, pulverizing his face with a barrage of punches and forcefully slamming him—throat-first—into the door jam of a patrol car.”

      Wait? He has done this before?

      We already know that there was no cause for the beating of Johnnie Franklin Jones, however “During Jones’ trial, Harper testified he was without remorse about his use of force. He’d done the man a favor, he explained, by not inflicting more damage. Without a hint of a smile, he asserted that, as a cop, he believed he had “the right to execute” Jones at the scene.”

      Let us emphasize this: he asserted that, as a cop, he believed he had “the right to execute” Jones at the scene.

      Anyway, the reason the jury refused to find for Johnnie Franklin Jones was because they were “afraid to disparage all police officers” by finding against these bad cops. Talk about cop suckers.

  • EliWebber

    sounds to me . that police want to maintain special rights ,because they wear a badge ,but it seems its not a badge of honor if they are corrupt or abusive ..

    • john robel

      It seems to me that the oinkers are ordained with “special rights” far above we mere civilians. These entitled “BRAVE HERO’S” not only get away with murder every day (ask otto zehm), and because of superhuman skills and talent, can text, use their cell phones, rub their laptops and talk to the dispatcher on the radio ALL WHILE DRIVING. WOW, I wish we mere peons were that talented.. A former classmate, Tim Egan, wrote a great book about the historical corruption of Wa state and Spokane city cops. This shit is deep rooted. I used to state with pride that I rode Harleys and drank beer with some old school city cops. The guys who would NEVER give a DUI unless you were an asshole. Todays new school oinkers are all SWAT WANNABEES and cant wait to KICK YOUR ASS AND KILL IF THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT..

    • Samuel Lane

      Hey! They’re all heroes! They put their lives on the line every minute of every day. They could be attacked, they could be shot, they could be stabbed, they could choke on a donut! My god! How do they summon the courage to leave the house?

      • Anonymous

        We think you are being sarcastic. However, we think it WOULD be a fitting end to a bad cop if he choked on a donut.

    • G’ma G

      They are indeed blinded by their own sense of authority. A few months before he arresting me for redressing grievances I had to step between our Stevens county Washington Sheriff and a friend (no criminal record of any kind, just so you know) he had gotten into a heated argument with inside the courthouse over the Sheriff allowing pre-textual stops and re-arresting him on charges dismissed WITH prejudice. My friend said he was done arguing and was walking away toward the exit door. Kendle Allen put his hand on his gun and started advancing on my friends back. I stepped in front of Allen and said “there’s no need for that. He’s leaving” Allen blurted out “I can arrest him for disturbing the peace.” I said, “You are just as guilty”. Allen did stand down but the folks I talked to who witnessed this were as disturbed as I about this blatant display that he thinks he is above the law.

  • doucyet

    Three strikes will get some people 25 years behind bars, but three strikes on the police force won’t even get you fired!

  • TechGump

    I keep saying it… It’s coming to you pig thugs. By the time the People are done with you, you’ll be prosecuted and imprisoned far more than the average person. Thanks to your own rampant acts of inhumanity, brutality, unprofessionalism, and cover-ups, you’ll be soon swamped in transparency, oversight, accountability, and prosecution. The tides are turning, as is well overdue, and needed, thanks in largest part to your own horrific acts and blue line of silence/protectionism.
    Less you want zero semblance of freedom and privacy on the job, you best start showing you can be trusted with it. Thus far, it’s been an epic failure of staggering proportions.

    • 17

      Agrre with all except the”imprisoned” part. I’m not feeding them. No need for that. They know their fate. They choose to ignore it.

  • Abz B Zbas

    This is slightly off topic, but worth the watch. An off duty cop walks out on comedian for telling the truth about bad cops. Then proceeds to cause a scene off camera. https://youtu.be/hnhc2Dk-UE0

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Great video. This guy tells it like it is, and tells the PIGS about themselves.

  • Vincent D’Emidio

    As always, the PIGS get away with murder.

    • john robel

      YUP, aint it the truth.

  • Darrell Blake


    Police are policy enforcers. Corporations use policies and nations use laws. The United States is a federal corporation defined under US code 3002 section 15. States are subsidiaries of the United States and municipalities are subsidiaries of the states. The 14 Amendment infers that citizens are subject to the United States. Birth Certificates and Social Security are forms of incorporating a person into the United States. Social Security is a pension and employee identification number. America is a land mass owned by the United States which is headquartered in Washington DC which was established as a sovereign municipal corporation through the 1871 District of Columbia Organic Act. The royal chartered Virginia Company is the basis for the United States.
    by: DARRELL.

  • john robel

    I have had the misfortune of paying dues to 5 different unions in my working life. Every union constitution I have ever read has the same similar clause. “YOU MUST NOT SPEAK ILLY OF A UNION BROTHER LEST YOU BE EXPELLED FROM THE UNION”. Well, if its a closed shop—- THERE WE HAVE MONETERY INCENTIVE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. UNIONS ARE POISON.

  • SunflowerSurfer

    Lets ask Wikileaks to publish the names and reasons.

  • Badcopwatch

    ALL government files on ALL people employed by these agencies should be open to the public. It’s our money that pays them, WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Yes. But try to tell that to the state of California.

  • 17
  • Ed

    The “integrity of the criminal justice system” disappeared when prohibition appeared.

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  • G’ma G

    “However, thanks to a protectionist court system and a powerful police union, the crimes of these cops may remain secret.”

    The county Sheriff was designed to be the most powerful elected position with absolute authority over his county. Trouble is Sheriffs no longer appoint their deputies–this has happened almost everywhere in america. The counties do the hiring through its civil service process which means a deputy practically has to rape someone on camera to be terminated. However and whenever this neutering occurred it has been effective in bringing Sheriff’s to heal.