Ignoring the rest of the #PoliceState, the #ACLU targets #racism in #KernCounty

Remaining silent about the rampant brutality in the rest of Southern California, the American Civil Liberties Union concluded Thursday that Kern County’s two largest law enforcement agencies have engaged in patterns and practices that violate civil rights, and they’re urging California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to dig deep in his agency’s own investigation of the alleged wrongdoing.

Becerra’s Department of Justice is carrying out an investigation into patterns of excessive force and civil rights violations at the county’s two law enforcement agencies, initiated in December by former Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator.

“Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Bakersfield Police Department have engaged in patterns of excessive force – including shooting and beating to death unarmed individuals and deploying [K-9s] to attack and injure – as well as a practice of filing intimidating or retaliatory criminal charges against individuals they subject to excessive force,” ACLU of Southern California Staff Attorney Adrienna Wong and ACLU Director of Police Practices Peter Bibring wrote in a letter to Becerra.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin said in a statement that he was aware of the report but would not comment.

Source: ACLU of Southern California slams county law enforcement in report alleging pattern of civil rights violations

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