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Union official: LA jail reforms sap deputy morale

Posted: August 4, 2012 4:00 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2012 4:00 p.m.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A union official says reforms made to address excessive force in Los Angeles County jails have caused deputy morale to wither and could increase the risk of riots.

Floyd Hayhurst, president of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, spoke Friday before a county commission created to address jail abuse.

The Los Angeles Times ( reports Hayhurst said that new constraints on deputies are robbing them of their authority.

He pointed to deputies being instructed to radio for supervisors when they sense force might have to be used on an uncooperative inmate. Hayhurst conceded that that might be a good idea in theory, but in reality it backs things up in a fast-moving jail and doesn't allow jailers to effectively resolve issues.

The FBI is investigating abuse and other misconduct at LA jails.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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