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we begin with a serious and scathing report just released by the american civil liberties union of california, taking square aim at local law enforcement here in kern county. the major conclusion, taken verbatim from that report is the aclu says quote: both the bakersfield police department and the kern county sheriff's department maintain patterns of excessive force. the findings in that report are in five categories: officer- involved shootings, canine attacks, excessive force, failure to monitor, training and discipline and abuse of process. jim: bakersfield police released a statement today saying chief lyle martin is aware of the aclu report, but will not be commenting on it. sheriff donny youngblood declined an interview request earlier today, saying he had not yet seen the report. 17's danny freeman picks up the story from there. danny. danny: jim, the aclu spared no blows in accusations of excessive force by bakersfield police officers and kern county sheriffs deputies. the two year investigation lays out allegations involving officer involved shootings, canine attacks, and retaliatory charges. adding the departments ignored federal department of justice critques and recommendati ons from over a decade ago. bakersfield police department labeled one of deadliest police departments in the country. kern county sheriff's office deputies accused of shooting and killing far more people in the past four years than other similar sheriff's departments. these findings in a new aclu of california report. wong: we think that it will take some time to get a culture of accountability back into the departments. speaking with us by phone the report's author aclu staff attorney adrienna wong, described law enforcement agencies with cultures of deadly excessive force. wong:at the end of the day what we're really talking about is the loss of life that could have been prevented right and that's ultimately whats the most troubling. the report says bpd not only had the highest rate of police killings per capita in 2015 among 60 of the country's biggest police departments, but also noted over a quarter of bpd's deadly shootings since 2009 killed someone who was unarmed. the report continues the vast majority of kcso shootings have involved someone unarmed or armed only with a knife. the aclu also says canines are used as weapons, something that stood out throughout its investigation. wong: canines were something that were flagged to us by people who live in bakersfield and kern county as essentially a tool of oppression. the report cites the case of 19-year old tatyana hargrove who was bitten by a bpd canine during an incident this summer, and david sal silva who was killed in an altercation with deputies and attacked by a kcso canine in 2013. the aclu says a 2004 department of justice review recommended bpd limit its canine use to searching for serious felons and cases where someone is armed. but bpd did not enact that recommendati on, according to the report. the report also alleges bpd and kcso's excessive force lands disproportion ately on people of color and those with disabilities. danny: the aclu wrote a letter to attorney general xavier becerra today presenting its findings and urged the state to investigate both departments and take action to ensure civil rights violations stop. danny freeman, 17




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