News organizations are reporting that a former civlian Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department employee has settled a lawsuit that alleged his former employers punished him reporting allegedly special treatment accorded an inmate in the Avalon jail in 2011. Details of the settlement are not known.
The station commander at that time was Capt. Jeff Donahoe. In April 2012, the Islander reported that the mainland media began reporting that Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jeff Donahue was being investigated for allegedly letting an inmate trustee out of the city jail to provide him with golf lessons. A week later, an LASD spokesman confirmed that Capt. Donahue was on medical leave and also confirmed that there was an Internal Affairs investigation related to “allegations about golfing.” Then-City Manager Steve Hoefs said the city was notified three or four weeks before the golfing story broke that Donahue would retire.