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Report: L.A. Sheriffs do not use racial bias

August 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new report has found no racial bias in arrests made by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.According to the report, a higher number of suspects arrested for obstruction or resisting arrest were black or Latino, but that racial breakdown was consistent with the percentages found in all types of arrests made by the sheriff's department.

The report did note that investigators were "troubled by the seemingly overzealous use of such charges against blacks in the Lancaster area."

Similar concerns were also raised about deputies in Palmdale and Carson, but to a lesser degree than Lancaster.

The report recommended that department supervisors "carefully review arrests to make sure they are being applied fairly and consistently across groups."

CNS contributed to this report.


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