LA County spent $43M on sheriff's department lawsuits last year

LOS ANGELES

Supervisor Gloria Molina said Thursday that the county spent a total of $89 million on litigation last year.

About $43 million, nearly half of the county's total for litigation, went to the sheriff's department. That's up $6 million, or 16 percent, from the previous year.

Molina says $20 million of that money went to defending excessive force cases alone, up $7 million from the year before.

These numbers include judgments and settlements as well as attorneys' fees.

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