FBI sneaked cellphone into L.A. jail in deputy misconduct probe

Robert Faturechi (LA Times) | September 25, 2011

FBI agents sneaked a cellphone to an inmate inside the L.A. County jail as part of a probe into allegations of inmate beatings and other misconduct by deputies, a Times investigation has found.

The jails have been plagued with problems over the last decade, including inmate riots, kil#i*ggs, antiquated facilities, huge lawsuit settlements and even the formation by some deputies of a gang-like clique. Inmate accusations of beatings are common within the many facilities that make up the department’s jail system, but most are unsubstantiated.

The new investigation caused a flap recently when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department brblank discovered that an inmate inside Men’s Central Jail was an FBI informant equipped with a cellphone he was believed to be using to communicate with agents on the outside, according to the Times findings.

Read more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/09/fbi-sneaked-cellphone-into-la-jail-in-deputy-misconduct-probe.html

Photo credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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