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article imageOp-Ed: Cops from LA to New York City under attack for corruption

By Robert Weller     Jan 7, 2014 in Crime
Los Angeles - The sheriff of Los Angeles, many of whose deputies face federal corruption charges, retired Tuesday. In New York City light was thrown on a scheme by the boys in blue to rip off the public with false PTSD claims.
Sources had told the Los Angeles Times that Lee Baca, 71, would retire later Tuesday. He followed that with an announcement: "I will go out on my terms. The reasons for doing so are so many, most personal and private." He says his decision is "based on the highest of concern for the future of the Sheriff's Department."
Charges against 18 present and former deputies including beating jail inmates and visitors. They also were accused of blocking a federal investigation of the nation’s largest jail system.
Deputies also were separately accused of improper arrests, widespread home searches and systematic discrimination against poor blacks.
Dozens of deputies guilty of significant misconduct were hired, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation.
Across the coast, the New York Times reported police and firefighters set up a social security disability fraud scheme that involved up to 1,000 members of the two forces. Hundreds of millions of dollars could have been involved. Hundreds of millions of dollars could have been involved.
The linchpin of the scheme was 9/11. The police and firefighters involved claimed they had developed PTSD as a result of their presence at the Twin Towers.
But photos of them on their Facebook pages, as well as photos gained elsewhere, showed them living la vida loca, including jet skiing, fishing and riding motorcycles.
In both cities, and elsewhere across the country, police officers were cleared in a vast majority of cases where use of force had resulted in death under questionable circumstances.
The Cato Institute has begun tracking reports of alleged police misconduct around the country, and virtually no region is untouched. There were 10 reports of such misconduct from 10 states last Friday alone.
Hollywood has taken on the problem in movies like Fruitvale Station, about a killing in Oakland, Calif.
Meanwhile, in case after of gun massacres, or the Boston Marathon bombing, police have been shown to react slowly to information warning of impending violence. The alleged killer in the Aurora, Colo., cinema had been reported by his psychiatrist to police.
The widespread presence of mobile phones and other devices that can film action has produced clips on YouTube showing questionable violence that goes against the image of police that saturates network television. Many police cruisers have been equipped with cams that also show what police and deputies have been doing.
Networks showed deputies burning a a mountain cabin to the ground, killing Chris Dorner, a deputy who had reported misconduct.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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