The criticism of sheriff deputies by the D.A.'s office is the latest in a string of clashes between the agencies.
By Christopher Goffard
Los Angeles Times
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — For decades, it was unquestioned wisdom in Orange County that bringing a criminal case against a law officer was a laughably unlikely possibility. Under Brad Gates, the self-styled "cowboy" who ran the Sheriff's Department for nearly a quarter-century until the late 1990s and enjoyed the endorsement of John Wayne himself, critics long decried what they saw as an excessively cozy relationship between prosecutors and deputies.
'Code of silence' marks rift between Calif. agencies