CA: L.A. County puts 66 probation officers on leave for misconduct, including sexual abuse, excessive force

Source: nbcnews.com 5/14/24
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Probation Department announced Monday that it has put 66 of its officers on administrative leave in the past five months for alleged offenses including excessive force, sexual abuse and drug possession.

The department said the announcement was intended as an effort to “regain public trust” as it roots out employees who engage in misconduct at the nation’s largest probation agency with 2,800 sworn officers.

 “We are releasing this information in the spirit of greater transparency and to assure our stakeholders — especially the families of youths in our juvenile facilities — that we will not tolerate anything that impedes our mission to provide a safe, nurturing and structured environment for those entrusted to our care,” Probation Chief Guillermo Viera Rosa said in a statement.

The probation officers placed on leave since January 1 were assigned to both the department’s adult and juvenile operations.

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Shocking. Questionable conduct by POs? Say it ain’t so.

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Another example of people in positions of trust can not be trusted. They abuse their power and their positions. I am sure this is one of many many stories that have been or will be happening. Yet, we are the ones the public needs to fear? How about fear those you think you can trust? So, that does this mean there will be 66 more people on the registry (sarcasm). I am sure, they will not have to suffer this extended punishment. But the public is safe, right? This is the reason the registry needs to be abolished, or otherwise, people like this need to be added.

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Corrupt cops? Say it ain’t so, I don’t think I could survive finding out the Knights in Shining Armor are actually wearing rusted, dented, moldy armor. Sarcasm aside did any one else see this and think what took them so long to get around to rooting around in their garbage? How many reports of officer misconduct do they get each year and choose to ignore? How many times did these 66 probation officers get reported before they decided to actually investigate? I bet dozens a year.

LAPD, is one of the most corrupt police forces in the entire world. It is no surprise that their probation department would have similar problems. Law enforcement in LA can best be described as simply another gang.

As the L.A. County Probation Dept. informs the public of these crimes, in “the spirit of transparency”, I note that they have failed to release a photo array of all the wrongdoers, accompanied by a complete list of their names. I’m sure it’s just an oversight on their part and they had meant to release that info to the press. I’m confident that they’ll correct this very soon, so as to “regain the public trust”, just like they said.

So put on leave meaning what? All 66 are being investigated? No bookings and related mugshots or names to be released? They’re public servants and thus work for the people who have a right to know who they are. There needs to be mass calls to the mayor’s, et al, office demanding this until they’re known publicly. Regular folks don’t get to hide at times like this, so why should those who’re in positions of trust which has been abused.

66 more citations for why the registry should be banned.

I got my second FTR charge because my PO forced me to register while I was still in the process of moving. I thought I was doing the right thing by informing my PO the day I got the apartment BUT no she was pissed off, She said it didn’t matter if I hadn’t moved in yet the fact I had a key I was in violation and that I had till the end of the day to register that address. So I did, and when I did, it triggered a failure to de-register from my old address.
I get home and continue packing, 2 hours later 4 sheriffs pull up and arrested me for FTR.
I tried to have my probation officer explain to the court that she forced me to register, by the end of the day, which only gave me like 2 1/2 hours, or she was gonna violate my probation, but she never did.
My public defender said do you really think your PO is gonna come to court and stand up for you and he laughed.
The DA was trying give me 15 years luckily I only got probation BUT I still had to eat that felony.

When I was on probation, my PO and 6 others would show up unannounced to do a search of my place for “sexually oriented materials”, which could be whatever they deemed it was, wearing flack jackets and tactical vests as an intimidation factor.