False report It was a routine drug arrest that landed Jose Gonzalez in trouble. He and his training officer were working in Bellflower in December when they arrested a woman in a motel parking lot on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine. The deputy said his training officer told him to write the report as if all the baggies were found in the purse so that the drugs could be booked together into evidence, the memo said.
Gonzalez later told a different prosecutor yet another story: He had forgotten that four of the baggies were found in the motel room when he wrote the false report, and it had been his training officer who found the drugs. Prosecutors considered filing criminal charges against Gonzalez, but determined they had no corroborating evidence to prove he intentionally falsified a report. Gonzalez did not respond to requests for comment.
The deputy testified he approached Cervantez and detained him. Hernandez said he found a baggie of cocaine in his wallet.
When confronted, Hernandez said he may have made a mistake, according to a court transcript. The case was dismissed, and Hernandez was eventually charged with perjury and filing a false report. Then-Sheriff Lee Baca told The Times that the deputy had manufactured events to justify his decision to detain Cervantez.
Hernandez pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report. He was ordered to perform hours of community service and placed on probation for two years. Reached by phone, Hernandez said he did not want to comment. Document "The officer's admitted on the stand that he has made a mistake, and the mistake is, as far as I can see, absolutely fatal. The distraught deputy was accused of fondling a woman he had been assigned to protect from an ex-boyfriend who was a gang member.
Jensen had previously denied that he had any physical contact with the woman. After the test, Jensen told investigators that he recalled asking the woman twice if he could see her breasts and that she refused. In a recent phone interview, Jensen said he never did anything improper with the woman.
But he said he was racked with guilt over the lie. He finally revealed to investigators that he did exit his vehicle, hugged the woman and gave her a friendly peck on the cheek, he said. Jensen said he was suspended 30 days for lying and demoted from a patrol sergeant to a deputy in the jails.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Timothy Jimenez Obstructing an investigation The drug bust went down at an auto body shop in Paramount, the result of intelligence gathered from a reliable informant who had gone undercover. But Cypress Police detectives came up short when they searched for the expected large stash of methamphetamine and fully automatic machine gun.
The deputy had attended high school with both the dealer and the informant. She in turn tipped off her boyfriend. Despite the conclusion that Jimenez intended to obstruct justice, the prosecutor declined to file charges, saying she could not prove the deputy engaged in a conspiracy.
The informant told investigators he was afraid of Jimenez and what could happen if he were to help prove a case against him. Jimenez, reached at his house, said he did not want to speak about the case. Document "Jimenez' actions were highly improper and inappropriate as well as potentially dangerous and life threatening. He put every person involved in the narcotics investigation Johnson in turn failed to protect the confidential document and it was copied without authorization and shared with others, the sheriff's records say.
It is unclear whether it was Johnson who duplicated the report, but he was suspended for 10 days in for failing to safeguard a confidential document, the records show. The suspension was reduced to four days as part of a settlement. A woman at his home said Johnson would not comment for this story and told a reporter to leave the property.
The summary does not give details about the misconduct. David Jouzi False statements No one disputes that drugs and cash were found in the car. Jouzi wrote a police report saying he pulled over a vehicle on a minor traffic violation and found a large quantity of methamphetamine inside.
At a court hearing in the drug case, Jouzi said the same thing under oath. When prosecutors questioned him privately, Jouzi insisted it had been a regular traffic stop, the memo says. It was only when Jouzi was about to testify again that he came clean. Jouzi, who is of Palestinian descent, claimed in the lawsuit that he was the victim of racial bias and denied lying to prosecutors about the arrest.
The lawsuit is pending. He said in a phone call that his actions in the arrest of the drug suspect were approved by his supervisors and that he was punished for his documentation of the use of an informant — a procedure in which he said he was never trained. Jouzi was fired in March but is appealing his discharge, he said. At one point, Macias grew suspicious about her cheap prices.
Don't even say that. About an hour after they spoke on July 29, , Macias entered a room at the Motel 6 near the Ontario Airport and was arrested. He was charged with soliciting a prostitute and disturbing the peace, court records show. Macias was suspended 15 days for immoral conduct, sheriff's records show. In a recent interview with The Times, Macias confirmed his suspension and said he was placed on the Brady list.
He asked her about her tattoos and told her she looked familiar, though the two had never met. The deputy admitted to the encounter but said it was consensual, the memo said. A county counsel memo cited medical records showing she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and would need intensive psychiatric treatment for years.
Maus, the memo said, was disciplined for immoral conduct. As of August, he was assigned to MTA headquarters. Document "Deputy Maus told [her] to park her car and get into his patrol vehicle. When [she] entered the passenger's seat, Maus reached for her breasts. Moore Family violence The allegations were disturbing. A few months later, his wife alleged, Moore grew enraged when she invited a realtor over to sell their Corona home, cut up some of her clothes and then held a steak knife to her.
He was tried twice, and a judge dismissed the case after jurors deadlocked in the second trial. The department handed down a day suspension in for family violence, the letter shows. Moore and the department agreed he could serve his punishment by completing several education courses, including one on anger management. Moore lost a lawsuit against the county in which he sought back pay for the time he had been on unpaid leave during his criminal case.
He did not return a message seeking comment. Ovalle had a solution. He grabbed a shirt out of the jail laundry, doused it with taco sauce and snapped a photo of the faked blood before booking it into evidence, according to law enforcement and court records.
The department handed down a day suspension. The deputy would be presented with a gold medal for meritorious conduct for saving a woman from a burning car. The office declined to prosecute Ovalle because the legal deadline for charging someone with manufacturing evidence had passed, the memo said. Pate, who had recently completed his probationary period in patrol, felt pressured by the supervisor and did as he was asked, falsely writing the report as if he alone conducted the investigation, the memo said.
In , Pate and another deputy were awarded a medal of valor for chasing down an armed man with a history of violence who was suspected of stealing a car. Pate did not respond to requests for comment. He is now assigned to the Burbank courthouse. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Antonio Ramirez Family violence The woman said the deputy had been violent for a decade when she began fighting him in court.
A civil lawsuit against Deputy Antonio Ramirez, filed by the mother of his two daughters, claims he pushed the woman to the ground, hit her in the face with a book, kicked her, twisted her wrist and threatened to kill her during various incidents in Ramirez denied the claims.
Prosecutors declined to charge him with domestic abuse or witness intimidation, citing a lack of physical evidence. Ramirez did not respond to requests for comment.
His attorney in the civil lawsuit, Richard Fannan, declined to comment on behalf of his client, who he said was on disability leave last year.
Richards False statements A firefighter arrived at the emergency room covered in blood, the result of a severe beating. The assailants were Brian Richards and Joshua Titel, two off-duty custody deputies.