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

LOS ANGELES 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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