Report cites LA jail guards' 'code of silence'

By the Associated Press | October 14, 2011 | 12:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report says a "code of silence" among Los Angeles County jail guards helps shield abusive deputies, and those who break it have been harassed.

The Sheriff's Department Office of Independent Review says eight deputies failed to report mistreatment of an inmate that was recorded on video. In another case, a deputy who reported wrongdoing received threatening phone calls calling him a "rat."

The report was made public Thursday and details appear in Friday's Los Angeles Times ( ).

The report looked at a dozen cases in which more than 30 jail employees were disciplined for abusing inmates. The FBI also is investigating some allegations of deputy misconduct.

Sheriff Lee Baca tells the Times that law enforcement codes of silence must be challenged.