| Jun 5, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The morning after losing the election for Los Angeles County sheriff, James Hellmold got a message to call his boss.
Over the phone, Interim Sheriff John Scott delivered the bad news: he was demoting Hellmold from assistant sheriff to chief.
| Jun 8, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Last week's elections provided plenty for political wonks to chew on. Incumbent statewide officeholders, all of them Democrats, cruised to significant victories, and though they face nominal runoffs in November (the result of the new, top-two primary...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 7:49 PM
Citing a dramatic increase in jail suicides, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it was seeking court oversight of how the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department treats mentally ill inmates.
The move marks a significant expansion of...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:59 PM
Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sergeants showed up at an FBI agent's home in September 2011 and told her that they were in the process of obtaining a warrant for her arrest. That evening, the agent's concerned supervisor called the sergeants,...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 4:35 PM
Operation Blue Line was a go.
In August 2011, FBI agents were gearing up to launch the next phase of their wide-ranging investigation into suspected brutality and corruption by sheriff's deputies in the Los Angeles County jails.
The plan was to rent a...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Los Angeles County supervisors defeated a proposal to create a civilian oversight body for the Sheriff's Department, which has been beset by scandals and federal investigations into the treatment of jail inmates.
The action Tuesday, which came nearly...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 9:18 AM
In arguing against a civilian commission to oversee the Sheriff’s Department, Richard Drooyan on Tuesday read the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors a key passage from the report on jail violence he helped write in 2012. Such a commission, he...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Women filed into a classroom at an East Los Angeles community center. Some came alone, some in groups of two and three. Most were Latina and edging past middle age. They hauled tote bags full of fabric and rolled suitcases holding sewing machines.
| Aug 13, 2014
| 9:22 AM
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, newly released inmates are most likely to commit a crime in the first three days they walk out of jail.
There are probably plenty of reasons for that -- for starters, the easy availability of...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 10:00 AM
I just saw one of the Great Reads soundtrack bands, Jagwar Ma, at a quintessential Southern California spot: the Santa Monica Pier.
Have you been to the Thursday night twilight concerts there? It’s an evening to make you smitten with Los Angeles....
| Aug 7, 2014
| 5:57 PM
In a stinging final rebuke, the longtime civilian watchdog for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department accused top leaders of letting their worst employees run rampant, causing a series of scandals that tarnished the agency.
Merrick Bobb has been...