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California Department of Justice reportedly finishes investigation into the Kern County Sheriff's Office

Kern County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 7:41 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 10:41:01-05

The California Department of Justice has reportedly finished its four-year investigation into the Kern County Sheriff's Office and Tuesday morning county supervisors will discuss the findings in a closed session.

The sheriff's office and the Bakersfield Police Department were notified in December of 2016 that the Civil Rights Enforcement section of the DOJ had opened investigations of both departments following complaints filed by community activist groups. The investigations centered on allegations of excessive force, officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, and civil rights violations.

It's unclear if KCSO has seen the full report and whether or not supervisors will comment on the findings during an open session.