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Seven Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies suspended after Christmas party brawl


LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Seven Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have been relieved of duty pending an investigation into a brawl at a Christmas party, a sheriff’s spokesman said today.

The party, held Friday at the Quiet Cannon banquet hall in Montebello was for deputies who work at Men’s Central Jail. About 11:30 p.m., a fight broke out, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. He said he thought it happened outside the hall.

About 100 guests came and went from the celebration during the course of the evening, but only sheriff’s deputies were involved in the scuffle.

“The department is looking at this very seriously,” Whitmore said.

“This is absolutely unacceptable behavior.”

Two people were treated for mild or moderate injuries, but “no one went to the hospital,” he said, adding that no guns were involved.

All seven have been relieved of duty with pay pending investigation by the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Those investigations will be comprehensive and expedited, he said.

“This is going to be done sooner rather than later,” said Whitmore.

“(Sheriff Lee Baca) wants to get to the bottom of this immediately.”