LA County rejects sheriff's civilian panel

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Updated: 8/05/2014 9:26 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County has turned down a proposal to create a civilian review board for the Sheriff's Department.

City News Service says the Board of Supervisors rejected the idea Tuesday by a 3-2 vote.

The proposed oversight commission would have only an advisory role — unlike the civilian Police Commission that has authority over the Los Angeles Police Department.

But backers argued it would give community members a voice for their grievances.

The nation's largest sheriff's department has been rocked by federal allegations of jail abuses and corruption.

Supervisors who opposed formation of the civilian panel argued that an inspector general appointed by the board in December should be given a chance to do his job.

In a statement acting Sheriff John Scott said he agreed with that viewpoint.

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