They are all empty. (photo: TheGiantVermin / flickr)

Last week, I noted an article which indicated that the Los Angeles County Police Department was hiring — as peace officers — the kind of folks who would normally be incarcerated.

Well, maybe they were just hiring people they had a lot in common with?

Federal officials on Monday unsealed five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation’s largest jail system.

Lovely, anything else to make it extra disturbing?

Among those charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice in the 18-page indictment are two lieutenants, one of whom oversaw the department’s safe jails program and another who investigated allegations of local crimes committed by sheriff’s personnel, two sergeants and three deputies.

It’s the kind of thing that would happen when people are taught to not give a damn what happens to people…who are not them.

How could something like that happen here?

Oh, right, it is here.

David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’

Indeed it is.