Bell, California Cops Ask DA to Investigate Their Own

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Top Cop in Bell Scandal

Police union leaders in Bell, California are asking the county district attorney’s office look deeper into its own department. Kurt Owens, vice president of the Bell Police Officers Association, contends that members of his department knew for years about corruption centered on abusive towing practices and possible involvement in voter fraud, but supervisors did nothing about it.

Owens claims that he went to the DA’s office and the FBI on a number of issues and was told, “Bring us more evidence.” Only after the Los Angeles Times began to publish the results of their own investigation of widespread fraud in Bell, government agencies began taking action. The Justice department has started investigating claims that Bell police were ordered to profile young Hispanic men in the largely Latino city, that would raise city revenues by towing and impounding vehicles.

Country prosecutors are also looking into allegations that city and police officials delivered absentee ballots to residents’ homes and told them who to vote for. And State Attorney General Jerry Brown is suing former police Chief Randy Adams in an effort to recover improperly paid monies for excessive salary and benefits.

The police association is also asking that a high-ranking police officer, Lt. Ty Henshaw, be suspended immediately. Henshaw is said to be a close ally and crony of Adams and former City Administrator Robert Rizzo, the kingpin in the citywide corruption scandal. The association is also demanding an investigation into the activities of Adams, and his role in the corruption.

Los Angeles Times

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