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Sheriff finishes police probe

L.A. district attorney asks for more information, but won’t say what.

May 07, 2010|By Christopher Cadelago

DOWNTOWN — The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has requested more information from sheriff’s officials who recently completed their misconduct probe into the Burbank Police Department.

Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, would not elaborate Thursday on what more information prosecutors wanted included in the criminal probe.

“They have not completed everything we’ve asked for,” she said.

Robison, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation, also would not provide a timeline of the probe. She offered only that the two agencies were working closely toward completion.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had planned to turn over the investigation — which focused on an alleged assault by a member of the Burbank Police Department — in November. Part of the latest delay stemmed from requests for additional interviews with prisoners, sources close to the investigation said.

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse and City Atty. Dennis Barlow on Thursday said their departments had no additional information on the sheriff’s investigation.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau does not disclose specific information on active investigations. It handles more than 100 criminal investigations a year, he said.

Sheriff’s investigators were brought in last year to investigate the Burbank Police Department for allegations of excessive use of force and other misconduct.

Burbank officials also launched their own investigation focusing on responses to the December 2007 robbery of Porto’s Bakery. That investigation has yielded at least 10 discipline notices to officers, and the termination so far of a veteran police lieutenant.

FBI officials in September confirmed they were investigating allegations of excessive force and civil rights violations by officers.


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