The L.A. DA has dropped the case in opposition to a deputy accused of pulling over a professional gambler and robbing him of $500 in poker chips. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Out of choices
An unnamed skilled gambler’s worry of “placing his life at risk” in response to prosecuting Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division (LASD) Deputy Braulio Robledo – who allegedly robbed him of $500 price of poker chips – has led to the L.A. District Lawyer dropping the case in opposition to the controversial deputy.
The poker professional robbed of chips from Los Angeles’s Commerce On line casino in January 2020 is so petrified of retaliation by an alleged LASD deputy gang, experiences the Los Angeles Occasions, that he actively prevented federal investigators following up on his case. With the gambler within the wind, the Feds said they have been “out of choices” in January 2022.
After the DA dropped the case in opposition to Robledo, the L.A. County Civilian Oversight Fee on Friday accused the feds of “turning a blind eye to the issue of deputy gangs within the division.”
Deputy gangs of L.A.
The unbiased oversight fee for the LASD said the DA’s right response ought to have been “to totally examine” Robledo’s attainable gang affiliations. The fee’s Sean Kennedy mentioned the DA as an alternative “blames the sufferer for being noncooperative and declines to prosecute.”
rogue deputy gangs working from inside LASD ranks
The Occasions cites many years of allegations of rogue deputy gangs working from inside LASD ranks “running roughshod over certain stations and promoting a culture of violence.” One of the crucial infamous gangs, often called the Banditos, allegedly operates out of the LASD’s East L.A. Station, which can be Robledo’s base.
On Friday, the LASD said it had positioned the deputy on administrative go away. In response to the Occasions, the LASD mentioned it was legally sure to not reveal if the accused poker chip thief was nonetheless receiving police pay.
A protracted popularity
When first quizzed in regards to the lacking poker chips, Robledo denied pulling the gambler over and looking him.
The DA’s memo, in the meantime, cites LASD information naming Robledo as the one SUV-driving unit within the space on the time. Robledo, nevertheless, looks like somebody to not mess with, having a number of lawsuits, some nonetheless energetic, accusing him of hyperlinks to the Banditos.
The LASD didn’t reply to the Occasions’ query asking if the division had ever questioned Robledo about alleged gang membership, however as an alternative mentioned his case was nonetheless underneath inside investigation. The DA additionally beforehand investigated Robledo in 2019 a few criticism involving three ladies, one in all whom accused the uniformed deputy of asking her to the touch his penis.