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L.A. County sheriff's captain suspended during administrative probe

The captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Carson station has been suspended in the midst of an administrative probe. Officials would not comment on the nature of the probe.

Capt. Bernice Abram is a two-decade veteran of the department, where she has risen through the ranks, with stints in the special victims bureau and at the Compton station.

Sheriff Lee Baca said Abram was suspended Wednesday in response to a set of "concerns presented from outside the department . . . and inside."

He said the investigation would take fewer than 30 days, and his "hope is that all of this is nothing."

Baca said the allegations were not financially oriented and would not affect any criminal cases. "I know its sensitive enough for her not to be working while we look into it," he said. "We'll get to the bottom of this."

Abram's dismissal was first reported by the Daily Breeze. She has won recognition from the Anti-Defamation League and is known for her domestic violence advocacy work.

On Thursday night, Baca called her a "terrific leader" who is "highly respected."

-- Robert Faturechi

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She ensnared herself criminally on a wiretap that was placed on a Compton gang member she assisted with classified information, warrant service information, and law enforcement tactics. This was monitored for months! Talk is there are numerous other federal felonies involved. I wonder who else she implicated. Some say there's a lot of dirt in her tight circle of cronies...PT

Hey Johnnie Johnson,

Read your post and was wondering where you got your information about this investigation? The Sheriff's Department has not released any information about the case. What's your source???

Hey KMA628.....

you must be highly protected by the LA Times (LA NOW). It was OK for you to say that Berniece was "totally incompetant" because she was a "BLACK FEMALE". But the minute I refute your racist view, my statement is not posted.

Uhmmm.... what's really going on here??????

Great point Just Being Honest. It is nice too see racism is still alive in the Department. KMA628 is a coward.

The following comment was deleted for violating the L.A. Times' Terms of Service (http://lat.ms/bO1Tzk):

Posted by: KMA628 | April 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

@Just Being Honest (JBH) and @Nightstalker -- thanks for pointing out the comment. We've deleted it.

Thank you Soo Ho (LATimes Web Producer),

for deleting KMA628's racist & sexist comment. I just want everything to be up front and fair.

All I want to read are the facts about this case and not his racist views.

This is my step-mom that you all are commenting on, and I would thank all positive posters and ask for forgiveness for all the negative posters. Whatever it is, it is department business, and we should all await the outcome before passing any judgment.

Godspeed Bernice, I'm here for you.

Every day we open the paper it's another story of a dirty cop esspecially the Sheriff Dept. What's really going on with the Sheriff Dept. if the bad guys are also cops load help us all.

If she was a terrific leader and well respected,then why did she get fired. I am sure Baca had to do a complete investigation before he fired her. I am sure he didn't want to fire her, but the evidence wasn't telling him otherwise. My question is why would she, put her long career in jeopardy?

The charges are criminal, not administrative at this point, and they are severe and carry potential federal penalties. The Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Paul Tanaka (make no mistake, he is the sheriff), is incredibly corrupt, controlling, and divisive. He has painted the Dept with his insanity, hamstringing a proud agency while Mr. Baca buried his head in the sand. When Capt Abram sings... And she will, it will be the beginning of a much needed cleaning process.

Pat, let me try to answer some of your questions. First, I've know Bernice for many years. I met her when she was a cadet, just joining the Sheriff's department. And back then Bernice WAS NOT a criminal.These current allegations are based on events that occurred over the past few years.
You asked "if she was a terrific leader and well respected why did she get fired ?". As of today's date, Thursday, April 28, 2011, Bernice has not been fired. She has been relieved of duty with pay, pending the outcome of this investigation. You also asked "why did she put her long career in jeopardy"? I asked the same question. I've been saddened by these current events. The Bernice Sibly ( her maiden name), I met back in 1986 is not the same person that is connected with this investigation. Somewhere and at sometime she GOT LOST. She forgot about her morals and how she was raised, and made some HORRIBLE DECISIONS that may cause her to loose her job and end up incarcerated.
Many years ago Bernice was a very nice person, but somewhere and at sometime, during her climb to the top, she forgot about the way she was raised. She forgot about what her parents taught her and is now caught up in a very serious criminal investigation.

Sheriff's in LA always have been liars, their reports are very creative writing. And their attitude toward people is borderline criminal, constitutional rights don't apply. A traffic stop is an automatic search. There are one or two that are normal decent people, but that's about it.


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