Two embattled Los Angeles County sheriff’s captains have retired, including one suspected of funneling secret information to an alleged drug trafficker and another who allegedly protected brutal and dishonest jailers.
Suspicions were sparked about Bernice Abram, who ran the sheriff’s Carson station, after she was overheard on a federal narcotics wiretap talking to an alleged Compton drug trafficker, the Los Angeles Times reported. Abram, who had more than 150 deputies under her command, was overheard alerting a gang member to planned sheriff’s operations in his area.
The district attorney’s office chose not to file charges against her, saying prosecutors couldn’t prove she knew the man was involved in illegal activities, but a prosecutor’s memo showed Abram was using her post to help the gang member avoid law enforcement scrutiny, according to an article on the Times website.
Though local prosecutors declined to file charges against her, an FBI spokeswoman told The Times last year that a federal probe is ongoing.
Daniel Cruz, the former captain at Men’s Central Jail, also has retired, the Times reported. He was running the downtown Los Angeles lockup when sheriff’s officials said there were problems with deputy cliques and inmate abuse, the newspaper reported.
Internal memos obtained by the Times found that Cruz’s jailers crafted narratives “dramatized to justify” force. Other documents showed the department had some of its least experienced deputies guarding its most dangerous inmates, the Times reported.