Deputy who admits making false reports may keep his job

The Los Angeles County Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion re­in­stated Deputy Daniel Genao even after the deputy pleaded no con­test to writ­ing a false re­port. Genao — who wrote that he found a gun on a man he ar­res­ted when the weapon was ac­tu­ally re­covered be­hind a nearby plant­er — in­sisted he did not in­ten­tion­ally lie but was stressed and con­fused after the en­counter. A com­mis­sion hear­ing of­ficer con­cluded that dis­missal was ex­cess­ive be­cause Genao ad­mit­ted to the false state­ment and could work a non-patrol as­sign­ment. The Sher­iff’s De­part­ment is chal­len­ging the de­cision in court.