18 LA sheriff's officials charged in jail probe

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca takes questions from the media after the FBI released results of a federal probe, Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at a news conference in Los Angeles. Federal officials say 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies saw themselves as being "above the law," engaging in corruption and civil rights abuses that included beating inmates and visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to block an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system. Sheriff Baca said that he was troubled by the charges and called it a sad day for his department. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roughly three years ago, a man referred to in a federal indictment as “Visitor LF” went to Men’s Central Jail to discuss his inability to visit his brother there. Instead, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly handcuffed him, took him to a break room with no windows or public access, and threw him against a refrigerator.

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