LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he's troubled by the charges against 18 current and former deputies who have been arrested as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system.
Baca said at a news conference Monday that the department will continue to cooperate with the FBI and that the arrested deputies who are still employed by the department will be relieved of duty and their pay suspended.
Baca defended the department, pointing to reforms since allegations surfaced in 2011, and said the problem wasn't an institutional one.
Sixteen of the 18 defendants were arrested earlier Monday and five criminal cases were unsealed alleging unjustified beatings of jail inmates and visitors, unjustified detentions and a conspiracy to thwart the FBI's investigation into the misconduct.
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