L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Violated Rights Of Blacks, Justice Department Says

Source: Robert Faturechi and Shelby Grad / Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department violated the U.S. Constitution and federal laws in its treatment of blacks and other residents of public housing in the Antelope Valley, the U.S. Justice Department concluded.

Federal officials on Friday announced the conclusion of a two-year civil rights investigation into the sheriff’s department.

Residents in the Antelope Valley have complained of surprise inspections of government-subsidized, or Section 8, housing intended to ensure residents are meeting the terms of their assistance.

The checks often involved armed sheriff’s deputies, they said, which added a level of intimidation. Activists have also contended that authorities have threatened to return with search warrants if tenants did not consent to checks of their homes.

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