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Sheriff’s probe deputy use of force incident


At Lancaster grocery store

Cellphone footage that captured Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies detaining a man and a woman suspected of robbing a Lancaster grocery store has triggered a departmental use of force investigation.

Authorities learned of the video taken by a member of the public at the store after deputies from the Lancaster Sheriff's Station responded June 24 to a report of an in-progress robbery in the 700 block of West Avenue, the department reported Monday.

Upon their arrival, deputies approached a man and a woman who matched the description of the suspects given by store security personnel in calls placed to 911, authorities said.

As the deputies attempted to detain the suspects, the encounter escalated into a use of force, according to the sheriff's department.

While the department does not make statements related to ongoing investigations, “Sheriff (Robert) Luna has made it clear that he expects department personnel to treat all members of the public with dignity and respect, and that personnel who do not uphold our training standards will be held accountable,’’ according to a department statement.

The department will release body-worn camera video from the encounter and the investigation will include reviewing body-worn camera video, surveillance video from the store and cellphone video provided by a community member.

Both deputies have been reassigned from field duty pending further administrative review.

“'We take the use of force very seriously and are determined to establ­ish the facts of the incident,’’ the department said.

The body-worn camera video is available at and