Cop Gets 2 Years For Hassling Skateboarder

by The Editors on December 11, 2023

In a story you rarely see, Miguel Vega, 33, of Corona, CA, a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, was just sent to federal prison for two years for “violating the civil rights” of a skateboarder at the Compton skate park by “improperly detaining him and then acting to cover up his actions,” according to a story on MyNewsLA.

Vega pleaded guilty in September to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, a crime that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison. He admitted to having falsely imprisoned the 23-year-old skateboarder in his patrol car, which crashed during a subsequent chase, leaving the man injured. He also admitted filing false reports to cover up his and his partner’s unlawful conduct. . . Vega’s former partner, Christopher Hernandez, 37, pleaded guilty in July to one count of conspiracy. A sentencing hearing is set in Los Angeles federal court for Jan. 8, at which time he will face up to five years in federal prison.

Bad cop, go to prison. Skateboarding finally wins one. We’ll keep you posted.

[Link: MyNewsLA]

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