Civil grand jury probing Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

SAN JOSE, CA – AUGUST 17: Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith exits after speaking during a news conference at the sheriff’s office in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County’s Civil Grand Jury began investigating the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office this week, apparently in line with an August referral from the Board of Supervisors calling for external probes centered on the agency’s operation of the county jails.

The civil grand jury, a yearly, court-appointed governmental watchdog body composed of county residents, began interviewing witnesses Wednesday, according to sources familiar

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