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

April 21, 2011 | 11:06 pm

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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