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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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Under Baca the LACSD have crumbled. Get RID of Baca.

Hey they aren't sure if alcohol was involved so I am sure they were just partying with Mountain Dew.

Is this a good time to say that if all the cops were burning herb inside of boozing, there wouldn't have been any brawl....

clean out your locker, but the checks will be in the mail.

I'm looking forward to an article about drug abuse within the LAPD, specifically addressing steroid abuse. I'm not saying that steroid use excuses this type of behavior, but it could prove to be a contributing factor to the reason violence isn't uncommon in law enforcement culture.

A check point close by would have been great, I'm sure that 75% of them would have been arrested.

Also... No arrests were made???


There you have. L.A. County deputies ARE above the law. The mayor has to step in immediately and handle this situation.

Off for the holidays with full pay as they learn the other parties involved were criminal gang members with prosecution to follow...priceless...

This is a shame and obviously something got out of control. Those of you that think these cops should be punished. They probably will. The rest of you that scream "cover up" need to wake up and smell the coffee and donuts. If it were a "cover up" then you would not even be reading about it in the LA Times. You must be rocket scientists or just angry because your GR check is a little short this month because you did not fill out enough fake applications. Please wake up Carlito.

This is what happened:

"Amid an aggressive push to bolster its ranks with thousands of new deputies, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department loosened its hiring practices and gave jobs to recruits who in the past would have been rejected, according to a department watchdog report released Thursday.

Among those hired were applicants with criminal records, drug and alcohol problems and financial woes. One recruit, for example, had been released from another police agency after using excessive force. Another candidate had abused marijuana and steroids and been convicted of underage drinking shortly before he applied to become a deputy."

You get what you pay for!

Who was paying for the Christmas party?????

LAT doesn't seem to know the right questions to ask............

Well, this does a lot to inspire confidence in our men in uniform. From the early days of policing in our country, bullies and thugs were hired simply to protect the interests of the wealthy and to keep the underclass "in line." Nice to see not much has changed.

Thats what happens when the requirements to apply for a police officer/deputy is a high school diploma. Can't you remember how high school people acted?

Most kids out of high school want to be police officers for all the wrong reasons !

My friend for example used to like the power of holding a gun and he used to pick fights with smaller guys at parties and he became a police officer right after high school. Just so he can have the power of being able to control situations and hold a gun. The qualifications to be a officer/deputy are to minimal . You should at least have some college so that you see all different cultures trying hard to get an education so that your not bias to certain ethnicity's .. Sorry thats not what happened here but I thought I would add that .

Baca is not doing his job! He is protecting his own and they are the worst offenders! When is it enough?!! We need to cut the deputies pays and there overtime. This is why we are in a deficit, not because of the people... Its because of these darn departments who raise the costs!!!

GET BACA OUT!!

@ Common sense ~ Right on!
These deputies probably have the appearance of a gangbanger, except that they have a legal badge to do whatever they want. Every single one of these 7 deputies should be fired immediately. Whatever happened to law enforcement professionalism?

I CAN ONLY EXPECT, THAT AFTER THE INVESTIGATION IS CONCLUDED THAT THOSE INVOLVED, BE FIRED. IT IS THE DUTY OF HE, WHO WE HAVE SELECTED TO BE THE MANAGER OF THAT DEPARTMENT, TO ADDRESS US, ITS EMPLOYER AND TO KEEP US INFORMED BY PROVIDING THE NAMES OF THOSE DEPUTIES WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE BRAWL, THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCUSE ACCEPTABLE TO ANYONE IN THE COMMISION, AS WE KNOW, THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT TO BE BLAMED, BUT ENCOURAGED TO FIRED THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HIRED TO SERVE AS DEPUTIES. THE SHERIFFI'S DEPARTMENT SHOULD NOT ALLOW INDIVIDUALS LIKE THESE TO SERVE UNDER ITS COMMAND, IT IS AN EYE SORE FOR THE DEPT., AND A BLOW TO THE MORALE OF THOSE, WHO DEDICATE THEIRS TO THE PEOPLE AND THE DEPARTMENT.

Wow they get paid while be relieved of duty?? must be nice!!! so they are rewarded for bad behavior!!! where is the learning lesson here??

Yet again with the double standard. I have seen NUMEROUS parties where fights broke out, the cops came, and NOBODY went to jail or had their office called. But not for these guys. For one evening of drunken foolishness, they will now have a permanent stain on their careers, if they can continue them at all. In addition, the public will paint all cops with the same broad brush. And the Department, fearing being called lax, will give each deputy the maximum penalty they can.
Cops have to hold themselves to a much higher standard than the average citizen, because of incidents like this. This will take years to overcome, both individually and organizationally.

Ummm....what do you think the odds ar eof this being "investigated" by the same person that handled the promised investigation into corruption amongst the sheriff's executives--two or three years ago an audit found some pretty serious evidence of corruption and we were promised the results of a "thorough investigation." No such investigation results were ever published...who can say if there was ever an investigation in the first place.

Can't somebody form a Grand Jury and shed a little light on what's going on in Los Angeles?

Yo Gil, how was that party you attended anyways? Did you get a front row view of the brawl? Protect your own, we get it. Great role models by the way!

"Watch this "Investigation" drag on for months, then, like MAGIC, dissappear................................................................................................

Now if they had,instead of alcohol,Medical MJ the only concern would be "More Doughnuts".

The argument started over who had the most shootings of unarmed suspects.

This wasn't a brawl, it was a gang fight. that's what being a cop is, just another gang.

Oh I almost forget, they are revenue as well.

Any ordinary citizen would have been cuffed and sent to jail. Way to go MONTEBELLO P.D. way to show your weakness.

Montebello PD is just as guilty for covering up. They should be cited for obstructing justice, bunch of spineless punks!

and i bet the all drove home drunk.

Getting involved in off-duty police gunplay that Americans don't want to do, or something like that.

 
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