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October 4, 2007 -- LA Times Sheriff Contest |
May 18, 2007
Los Angeles County Sheriff Arrests Edward Lawson
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
-- Booking No.: 9799191
-- Notice to Appear No.: R653715 - on or before: 07-19-2007
-- City of Occurrence: HAW [Hawthorne] may actually be El Segundo
Edward Lawson video statement: QuickTime 7 Video | Windows Media .wmv |
Edward Lawson YouTube videos |
-- Press Release |
-- Sheriff's Department New TV Show in 2007 |
-- Racial Profiling Research | Racial Profiling 2001 - Dr. Angelo Gousse |
-- Their Sheriff then, our Sheriff now. Nothing has changed |
-- They call themselves the Regulators |
Deprivation Of Liberty
False Charges - False Police Report
False Allegations | Unfounded Prosecution | Malicious Prosecution
Baseless Charges | Unjustified Accusation | Baseless Prosecution
-- UNJUSTIFIED ACCUSATION | BASELESS CHARGES | BASELESS PROSECUTION |
42 U.S.C. § 1983 |
1. An action under the color of law
2. A deprivation of a constitutional right as a consequence of that action
-- A deprivation of a federally-protected right
-- Acts under color of state law
when engaged in a conspiracy with state officials to deprive another of federal rights
The initiation of a criminal prosecution... produces "a wrenching disruption of everyday life."
Every prosecution, like every arrest "is a public act that may seriously interfere with the defendant's liberty, weather he is free on bail or not, and may disrupt his employment, drain his financial resources, curtail his associations, subject him to public obloque, and create anxiety in him, his family and his friends."
An official accusation of a serious crime has a direct impact on a range of identified liberty interests. That impact moreover, is of sufficient magnitude to qualify as a deprivation of liberty meriting constitutional protection.
I can think of few powers that the State possesses
which, if arbitrarily imposed,
can harm liberty as substantially as the filing of criminal charges.
-- Justice Paul Stevens, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Los Angeles County Sheriff Arrest of Edward Lawson
First Court Appearance • July 19, 2007 • 8:30 AM • Inglewood Court • 310 419-5132
Our Creed: My goals are simple, I will always be painfully honest, work as hard as I can, learn as much as I can and hopefully make a difference in people's lives. -- Deputy David W. March EOW April 29, 2002The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
Our Mission: Lead the fight to prevent crime and injustice. Enforce the law fairly and defend the rights of all. Partner with the people we serve to secure and promote safety in our communities.
Our Core Values: As a leader in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, I commit myself to honorably perform my duties with respect for the dignity of all people, integrity to do right and fight wrongs, wisdom to apply common sense and fairness in all I do and courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms.
Risk Management Bureau
It is the Risk Management Bureau's Mission to contribute to providing the highest quality law enforcement and public safety services by enabling Department employees to perform their duties in a risk-reduced work environment. This is done by: Continually identifying and evaluating activities that have a high risk potential. Aggressively managing personal health and safety issues. Proactively managing claims and lawsuits, including an immediate response to incidents with a high liability potential.
Civil Litigation Unit
The Civil Litigation Unit faces the task of managing the Department's civil claims and lawsuits, with the goal of reducing the Department's financial liability and exposure to costly litigation. To accomplish this, the unit utilizes a tracking system that keeps confidential information "in house," while providing County Counsel with the information necessary for successful defense preparation.
Civil Litigation Investigators work closely with County Counsel, private counsel, unit commanders and defendant deputies. These investigators are required to demonstrate extensive knowledge of the Department's policy and procedures, and are required to keep abreast of current civil, State and Federal law.
The investigators also provide expert guidance to all Department units in evaluating situations of potential litigious action and assisting in making early civil defense preparations.
Investigators are on 24-hour call and respond to claims
and significant incidents immediately. An enhanced expedited claim process
is currently in use to resolve claims where there that have potential liability
exposure to the Department, thus eliminating future litigation and increased
expenses. Settlement resolutions that previously took weeks are now completed
in a few days. In addition, the Civil Litigation lieutenant has the authority
to immediately provide financial reimbursement, up to $2,500, when it is
in the best interest of all parties concerned. Where quick financial compensation
is necessary, a check may be issued on the spot. With this process the
unit has reduced the Department's financial exposure, compared to previous
years. From 1995 to 1997, there has been a 60% reduction in claim settlements.
This can be credited to expedited claims for damages such as inmate over
detentions and property damage. The Department recognizes the need to assist
defendant employees and to be responsive to their needs and questions.
With this in mind, the unit has produced a training video titled "Now That
You're Being Sued." This video, and a companion booklet, are designed to
instruct personnel about the civil legal process when they are named as
defendants in a lawsuit, as well as to answer most of their questions.
A civil litigation training program has also been implemented for all Department
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Justice System Integrity Division
Bureau of Fraud and Corruption Prosecutions
Justice System Integrity Division
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
320 West Temple St., Rm. 766 - Los Angeles, CA. 90012 - (213) 974-6501
Background Information from their own website:
The citizens of Los Angeles County have the right to expect that their elected and appointed officials will carry out their duties in a lawful, ethical and professional manner. They also have the right to expect that administrators, supervisors and the immediate subordinates of elected and appointed officials, who play an integral role in achieving the mission of the officeholder, will discharge their duties and obligations in the same lawful, ethical and professional manner.
The District Attorney's Public Integrity Division [Justice System Integrity Division] ensures that public and appointed officials - and their subordinates - fulfill their legally mandated duties. To this end, the District Attorney's Office will use all resources at its disposal to detect, investigate and prosecute criminal misconduct at all levels of public service.
The Public Integrity Division's [Justice
System Integrity Division] ultimate goal is to increase the public's
level of confidence in its elected and appointed officials.
CALIFORNIA CODES HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 11550-11555
11550. (a) No person shall use,
or be under the influence of any controlled substance which is
(1) specified in subdivision (b), (c), or (e),
or paragraph (1) of subdivision (f) of
Section 11054, -- http://law.onecle.com/california/health/11054.html |
specified in paragraph (14), (15), (21), (22), or (23) of subdivision (d) of Section 11054,
specified in subdivision (b) or (c) of
Section 11055, -- http://law.onecle.com/california/health/11055.html |
or specified in paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (d)
or in paragraph (3) of subdivision (e) of Section 11055,
(2) a narcotic drug classified in Schedule III, IV, or V,
except when administered by or under the direction of
a person licensed by the state to dispense, prescribe, or administer controlled substances.
It shall be the burden of the defense to show that it comes within the exception.
Any person convicted of violating this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor
and shall be sentenced to serve
a term of not less than 90 days or more than one year in a county jail.
The court may place a person convicted under this subdivision
on probation for a period not to exceed five years and,
except as provided in subdivision (c),
shall in all cases in which probation is granted require,
as a condition thereof,
that the person be confined in a county jail for at least 90 days.
Other than as provided by subdivision (c),
in no event shall the court have the power to absolve a person
who violates this subdivision from
the obligation of spending at least 90 days in confinement in a county jail.
(b) Any person who (1) is convicted of violating subdivision
(a) when the offense occurred
within seven years of that person being convicted of
two or more separate violations of that subdivision, and
(2) refuses to complete a licensed drug rehabilitation program
offered by the court pursuant to subdivision (c),
punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 180 days
nor more than one year.
In no event does the court have the power to absolve a person
convicted of a violation of
subdivision (a) that is punishable under this subdivision
from the obligation of spending at least 180 days in confinement in a county jail
unless there are no licensed drug rehabilitation programs reasonably available.
For the purpose of this section,
a drug rehabilitation program shall not be considered reasonably available
unless the person is required to pay no more than the court determines
that he or she is reasonably able to pay, in order to participate in the program.
(c) The court may, when it would be in the interest of justice,
permit any person convicted of a violation of subdivision (a)
punishable under subdivision (a) or (b)
to complete a licensed drug rehabilitation program
in lieu of part or all of the imprisonment in the county jail.
As a condition of sentencing,
the court may require the offender
to pay all or a portion of the drug rehabilitation program.
In order to alleviate jail overcrowding and to provide recidivist offenders with a reasonable opportunity to seek rehabilitation pursuant to this subdivision, counties are encouraged to include provisions to augment licensed drug rehabilitation programs in their substance abuse proposals and applications submitted to the state for federal and state drug abuse funds.
(d) In addition to any fine assessed under this section,
the judge may assess a fine not to exceed seventy dollars ($70)
against any person who violates this section,
with the proceeds of this fine to be used in accordance with Section 1463.23 of the Penal Code.
The court shall, however, take into consideration the defendant's ability to pay, and no defendant shall be denied probation because of his or her inability to pay the fine permitted under this subdivision. (e) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (b) or any other provision of law, any person who is unlawfully under the influence of cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, meth amphetamine, or phencyclidine while in the immediate personal possession of a loaded, operable firearm is guilty of a public offense punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not exceeding one year or in state prison. As used in this subdivision "immediate personal possession" includes, but is not limited to, the interior passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. (f) Every person who violates subdivision (e) is punishable upon the second and each subsequent conviction by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years. (g) Nothing in this section prevents deferred entry of judgment or a defendant's participation in a pre-guilty plea drug court program under Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 1000) of Title 6 of Part 2 of the Penal Code unless the person is charged with violating subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 243 of the Penal Code. A person charged with violating this section by being under the influence of any controlled substance which is specified in paragraph (21), (22), or (23) of subdivision (d) of Section 11054 or in paragraph (3) of subdivision (e) of Section 11055 and with violating either subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 243 of the Penal Code or with a violation of subdivision (e) shall be ineligible for deferred entry of judgment or a pre-guilty plea drug court program.
11551. (a) Whenever any court in this state grants probation to a person who the court has reason to believe is or has been a user of controlled substances, the court may require as a condition to probation that the probationer submit to periodic tests by a city or county health officer, or by a physician and surgeon appointed by the city or county health officer with the approval of the Attorney General, to determine, by whatever means is available, whether the probationer is addicted to a controlled substance. In any case provided for in this subdivision, the city or county health officer, or the physician and surgeon appointed by the city or county health officer with the approval of the Attorney General shall report the results of the tests to the probation officer. (b) In any case in which a person is granted parole by a county parole board and the person is or has been a user of controlled substances, a condition of the parole may be that the parolee undergo periodic tests as provided in subdivision (a) and that the county or city health officer, or the physician and surgeon appointed by the city or county health officer with the approval of the Attorney General, shall report the results to the board. (c) In any case in which any state agency grants a parole to a person who is or has been a user of controlled substances, it may be a condition of the parole that the parolee undergo periodic tests as provided in subdivision (a) and that the county or city health officer, or the physician and surgeon appointed by the city or county health officer with the approval of the Attorney General, shall report the results of the tests to such state agency. (d) The cost of administering tests pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b) shall be a charge against the county. The cost of administering tests pursuant to subdivision (c) shall be paid by the state. (e) The state department, in conjunction with the Attorney General, shall issue regulations governing the administering of the tests provided for in this section and providing the form of the report required by this section.
11552. In any case in which a person has been arrested for a criminal offense and is suspected of being addicted to a controlled substance, a law enforcement officer having custody of such person may, with the written consent of such person, request the city or county health officer, or physician appointed by such health officer pursuant to Section 11551, to administer to the arrested person a test to determine, by whatever means is available whether the arrested person is addicted to a controlled substance, and such health officer or physician may administer such test to such arrested person.
11553. The fact that a person is or has been, or is suspected of being, a user of marijuana is not alone sufficient grounds upon which to invoke Section 11551 or 11552. This section shall not be construed to limit the discretion of a judge to invoke Section 11551 or 11552 if the court has reason to believe a person is or has been a user of narcotics or drugs other than marijuana.
11554. The rehabilitation of persons addicted to controlled substances and the prevention of continued addiction to controlled substances is a matter of statewide concern. It is the policy of the state to encourage each county and city and county to make use, whenever applicable, of testing procedures to determine addiction to controlled substances or the absence thereof, and to foster research in means of detecting the existence of addiction to controlled substances and in medical methods and procedures for that purpose.
11555. The Attorney General is directed to promote and sponsor the use by agencies of local government of the provisions of this article. The Attorney General may assist such agencies to establish facilities for, and to train personnel to conduct testing procedures pursuant to Section 11551, and may conduct demonstrations thereof for limited periods. For these purposes the Attorney General may procure such medical supplies, equipment, and temporary services of physicians and qualified consultants as may reasonably be necessary. Subject to the availability of funds appropriated for the purpose, the Attorney General may contract with any county or city and county which undertakes to establish facilities and a testing program pursuant to Section 11551, and such contract may provide for payment by the state of such costs of initially establishing and demonstrating such program as the Attorney General may approve.
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