From the Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman
says the department has begun an internal affairs investigation into
why a deputy acting as a bailiff detained and handcuffed a Superior
Court spokeswoman inside a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
spokesman Steve Whitmore says deputy public information officer Vania
Stuelp was handcuffed Tuesday after she refused to
leave the area usually occupied by attorneys and would not follow the
deputy’s directions. He says Stuelp was not arrested.
says Stuelp walked into the well area to inform a French television
crew they could not film in a certain area of the court.
Court was not in session at the time.
Whitmore says a sheriff’s sergeant arrived recognized her as the court spokesperson and directed that she be released.