Posted On: June 28, 2013 by Mary Frances Prevost

SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE: LA Sheriff's Broke Law During Public Housing Patrol, Says Justice Department

From the LA Times:

Los Angeles Times | June 28, 2013 | 12:48 PM

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department engaged in "stops, searches, and seizures and excessive force in violation of the Constitution and federal law" in its patrolling of public housing in the Antelope Valley, the U.S. Justice Department said today in announcing the conclusion of a two-year civil rights investigation into the department.

Residents have complained of surprise inspections of government-subsidized housing intended to ensure residents are meeting the terms of their assistance. The checks often involved armed sheriff's deputies, they said.

The Justice Department also found a "pattern or practice of discrimination against African Americans in its enforcement of the Housing Choice Voucher Program in violation of the Fair Housing Act," according to a statement released today.