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Christmas party brawl leads to 7 L.A. County deputies being relieved of duty pending probe

A Christmas party for employees from Men’s Central Jail turned ugly when a brawl broke out that resulted in seven Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies being relieved of duty pending an investigation, an official confirmed.

Roughly 100 guests were gathered Friday at the Quiet Cannon banquet hall in Montebello, where an argument led to violence, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.

It’s unclear if alcohol was involved, but “it was a Christmas party, one could assume there was,” Whitmore said.

No gunshots were fired but deputies may have been armed, he said.

“Deputies that have their badges also have guns, so that will certainly be looked at,” he said.

At least two people were mildly to moderately injured, Whitmore said. Seven deputies were relieved of duty with pay this week, pending an internal criminal investigation.

“They’ve been asked to clean out their lockers,” Whitmore said.

Montebello police may have been called out, but no arrests have been made yet, Whitmore said. Relatives may have been at the Christmas party, but only deputies were involved in the brawl, Whitmore said.

“This investigation will go wherever the evidence leads,” he said.


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"relieved of duty with pay" nice...

Are you serious? How is the public supposed to get along with Law Enforcement when they can't even get along themselves? I'm glad only egoes where flying around and not bullets!

Memo to S. Lopez

Don't forget to talk to Sheriff Baca about this item also.

Can you imagine this happening in Chatsworth, Long Beach, or San Gabriel? They would have arrested half the people and THEN figured out who was who. Here you have the Blue Shield protecting their own, regardless of being relieved of duty. Each and every one should be arrested for assault and battery, public nuisance, disturbing the peace, and everything else they normally charge rowdy party-goers.

Why the double standard? Oh yeah, it's the cops.

Our tax dollars at work....

Notice that they where suspended WITH PAY
"Seven deputies were relieved of duty with pay this week"

Ask yourselves, if YOU where involved at a brawl at your company Xmas party would you be suspended with out pay or would you just be fired...

Partying on the job or at the office isn't smart. Party at the office, do something stupid, and you'll end up in jail...well, no need to go far for that.

This story should come as no surprise to anybody. Young off-duty cops who have been drinking think they are invincible.

This is outrageous and of course will be covered up, meanwhile teachers are blamed for every problem in society. These cops are like cretins and obviously not of very high caliber. I doubt however, that any will be fired

If they were non-cops, they'd be thrown in the men's central jail with piles of FELONY charges.

disappointing, if these deputies want to act like children then they should be fired.

to quote burn notice
There's a reason spies don't have a lot of parties. Everybody's got a history with everyone else.

Those deputies need to be dealt with swiftly and sternly. Arrogant! Immature! Dumbed-down! Unfit! Unprofessional! Wasting my tax $$$$$$!

Maybe we have the inmates on the wrong side of the bars? At least the sheriff's department is setting a good example of other members of the community to follow.

that`s too funny!

"Christmas party brawl leads to pending probe (pun intended)"
...A Christmas party for employees from Men’s Central Jail

cops should only get issued one bullet like barne 5

this never would have happened if it was a festivus party.

musta ran out of doughnuts.

affirmative action cops from the ghettos.

I hope Mr. Whitmore is reading this... why were they asked to "clean out their lockers"? Ahhhh it seems that innocent until proven guilty DOESNT apply to everyone.. What a double standard. If there was cops acting in a criminal nature, then penalize them, demote them, etc.... but clean out their lockers? That seems pompus... I think thats why LASD has ALOT of officers lateraling out of their agency.

No arrests.


I bet there wouldn't have been any arrests if gunfire broke out.

Maybe if someone died.

LA county deputies are a bunch of wankers.


With pay? What would happen if you or I acted up like that at a company Christmas party? Suspended, maybe. With pay, NOT

jd.....good one, lets not forget the coffee!!!

The Quiet Cannon isn't so quiet. Brawls and shots fired are quite common here.

I once walked passed an on-duty LASD officer with elaborate tattoos on both arms, shaved head, scarred face, and a mean dirty look. Were it not for the badge and uniform I would have guessed the officer was a drug-abusing gangster from the inner-city. Maybe I was right.

Get off the cops backs people. The only reason people don't like cops is because they enforce the laws that we all want to break, some worse than others. Sure there are some bad cops, but I know some good ones too. I think the people who hate cops the most, are the ones that need to be watched the closest. The only people afraid of cops are the ones who have something to hide. Every time I read where cops arrest scumbag, chicken brain, gangbangers, or shoot them, I get happy. GO POLICE!!!

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