Reform at the LA DA's Office

A Close Look at Why Los Angeles D.A. George Gascón Asked the Board of Supes to Let Him Hire a Special Prosecutor to Examine Problematic Police Shootings

Celeste Fremon
Written by Celeste Fremon

During her eight-year tenure, former Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey was repeatedly criticized  for her failure to file charges in the cases of all but one of the fatal on-duty police shootings that occurred on her watch.

Her single filing was against LA County Sheriff’d Deputy Liu who allegedly shot seven times at unarmed motorist, Francisco Garcia, who was driving away from the deputy after being pulled over, as Liu reportedly  ran alongside Garcia’s car, firing his service weapon into the vehicle, mortally wounding Garcia.  This occurred in front of several civilian witnesses.

Among the fatal shootings where Lacey decided not to file,  was the 2015 killing of Brendon Glenn, a homeless, mentally ill skateboarder, who was shot near the Venice boardwalk after a call came in that he was bothering people.  The case, which was caught on video, caused even then Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck to call for the officer who shot Glenn to be prosecuted.

“He unreasonably believed that his life was in danger, therefore he took a life,” Beck said of the deadly actions of LAPD Officer Clifford Proctor.

At the times when Lacey’s office appeared to simply have no choice to bring charges against a member of law enforcement, such as the case of former LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Giancarlo Scotti, who was accused of sexually assaulting six women different women in the county’s main women’s jail, Century Regional Detention Center, as WitnessLA has reported in the past, Lacey’s office dialed the charges back to sweetheart deal status, claiming incredibly that that prosecutors wouldn’t be able to prove more serious charges in front of a jury.  Instead Los Angeles County has paid out $5,175,000 in civil claims to women Scotti assaulted.

During the months that newly elected LA District Attorney George Gascón was running for office against Lacey, among his reform promises was the pledge to reevaluate certain fatal officer-involved shooting cases that Lacey’s office had turned away.  The case of Brendon Glenn was one of the four that he listed among his examples.

Former Federal Prosecutor Lawrence Middleton, soon to be Special Prosecutor for LA DA’s office

This past Friday, February 12, Gascón took a significant step in the direction of keeping that particular campaign promise with the news that he intends to hire a special prosecutor to oversee this policy of reevaluation.  Furthermore, he feels he has the right person for the position — namely veteran federal prosecutor Lawrence S. Middleton.

(More on Middleton in a minute.)

Things have progressed in the hiring process to the point that Gascón sent an official letter to the members of the county’s Board of Supervisors, asking for their authorization to hire Middleton for a four year contract, with options to extend.

“To promote public confidence in the decision-making process and the outcome of any such investigations,” he wrote to the board members, “the DA has determined the need for a Special Prosecutor to reevaluate, and if the facts support it, to criminally prosecute any officers whose actions unlawfully caused the death of the victims in those cases.”

The purpose of this initiative  is to continue the county’s commitment to criminal justice, Gascón wrote in his hiring request letter (that WLA has obtained).

Gascón characterized the plan as “a positive step in rebuilding relationships in our community.”

Rodney King and the reasoning behind charging & not charging officers

Middleton appears to be a promising choice.   He has more than three decades experience as a trial lawyer, with 29 years spent as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he served as Chief of the Criminal Division, as well as Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, and Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section.  He finally left the feds in the summer of 2019 to go into private practice.

In his beginning years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middleton was likely best known as being one of the four attorneys who successfully prosecuted the federal civil rights case against the LAPD officers charged with violating the constitutional rights of Rodney King, the same officers who had earlier been famously acquitted on April 29, 1992, by a mostly white jury in Simi Valley, after most of America had seen the video of unformed men seemingly using all their strength to repeatedly beat the downed and writhing King in what appeared to be a terrible ballet of savagery.

 For his work on the King case, Middleton won the U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.

More recently, it was Lawrence Middleton who supervised the high-profile, and far more complex investigation and prosecution of corruption and civil rights abuses by members of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, including former Sheriff Lee Baca, and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

With those cases and more in-between, Middleton has repeatedly had the chance to see what bringing charges of police misconduct looks like from the side of both the prosecution and the defense.  (Middleton was also a U.S. Air Force JAG lawyer.)

 He explained some of what he has observed over the years in a May 2020 interview on the podcast Talking Feds, where he was interviewed by Henry Littman, an LA Times columnist who is himself a former US Attorney.

Littman initially asked Middleton about his view of officer prosecutions in the case of the death of George Floyd.  Yet, Middleton also took time to address the general issues at play when it comes to charging officers whose on-duty actions have resulted in the injury or death of a community member.

Among other things, he said, “you have to show,” that the officer, who is acting under the color of law, “intended to violate the constitutional rights” of the individual who was harmed.

In other words, Middleton said, “you have to show that he intended to use force that was unreasonable, that he knew was unreasonable,” which is not an easy standard to prove, he said.

Furthermore, Middleton observed, when federal or local prosecutors are deciding to bring charges in an OIS or DIS, the matter of how different people view a shooting by police presents it’s own challenges, because of the very different experiences community members — and potential jurors — have had with the police.

“You’re asking people to look at the very same set of facts, and try to reach the same conclusion in terms of guilt or innocence,” he said.  “And at the same time, they’re having to apply [their own] totally different experiences dealing with the police.”

What kind of cases?

With all the above challenges and more in mind, four of the cases that Middleton will likely be examining first when he comes on the job at the DA’s office, are the following, according to Gascón.

1. Brendon Glenn: As mentioned above, the 2015 shooting of Brendon Glenn will be among those cases scheduled for another look.  (Here’s the video.) Gascón’s preliminary rundown about the case needs reopening states that “failing to comply with an officer’s directions does not justify the use of deadly force, particularly when there is not an imminent threat. Specifically, the timing and sequence of Officer Proctor’s shots into the back of an unarmed, intoxicated, and mentally ill homeless man who was bent over facing away from the officers, raises serious concerns about an imminent threat.”

2. Ricardo Diaz Zeferino was shot by a member of the Gardena Police Department in 2013. According to the DA’s report, Zeferino was unarmed and with two other people who were victims of a bike theft, yet mistaken by police as suspects. The Gardena Police officers argued that Zeferino was ignoring instructions and dropping and raising his hands, which “does not appear to justify lethal force especially when no weapon was seen or suspected,” according to Gascón’s initial analysis.

3. Hector Morejon  was shot by members of the Long Beach Police Department in 2015. “Officer Meyer,” states the report on the shooting, “without announcing himself, aimed his firearm inside the window of a residence occupied by squatters in response to a simple trespass call. He shot Morejon when he claimed that ‘Morejon took a firing stance.’ District Attorney Jackie Lacey,” the report states,  “focused on the lack of credibility of the witnesses inside the residence in declining to prosecute this case.” Among other things, such a “stance would have required Morejon to face Officer Meyer,” states the report, “and that is not consistent the autopsy results which reflect Morejon having been shot in the back.”

4.  Christopher Deandre Mitchell:  In this 2018 fatal incident, Mitchell was shot by members of the Torrance Police Department when he reportedly moved his hands “one second after being given instructions to ‘Get out of the car!’ After the shooting, both officers described seeing the stock of a long firearm between Mitchell’s legs. However, neither officer notified their respective partner of the existence of a weapon during the encounter, contrary to standard protocols, raising questions as to the existence of their perceptions–let alone misperceptions–of a threat,” according to the DA’s report.

“In acknowledgement of the concerns raised by law enforcement officials, civil rights attorneys, activists, and others,” Gascon wrote of the list, he “asked a retired judge and a former senior trial attorney under President Obama’s Department of Justice’s civil rights division to assist me in reviewing a number of concerning cases where officers used fatal force.”

But there are others. While the list of four is a place to begin, Gascón reportedly wants his office to dig far deeper in a review of the county’s police shootings, likely going as far back as 2012.

“The reality,” he said in a statement referring to his own nearly 30 years in law enforcement, “is that too often our profession has failed to hold its own to the same standards that we impose on the communities we are sworn to protect and serve. That has created a chasm that the public largely views as a two-tiered system of justice; one for ‘us’ and one for ‘them.'”

To repair this harm, wrote DA Gascón, “we must meet the demands of the public, and we must hold ourselves to the same standards as we do the communities we police.”

Disturbing valentines

As if to demonstrate the need for accountability, on Saturday, February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, the news broke that the LAPD had launched an internal investigation after an officer reported that a photo of George Floyd with the words “You take my breath away” was placed into what resembled a pink, heart-strewn Valentine’s Day card, and that the image was being “passed around” by other officers, according to Chief Michel Moore.

As more on the news of the “valentine” continued to circulate, Gascón tweeted his own reaction on Monday morning, February 15.


Gascón later said that the DA’s Office would be “looking into this matter to determine if the integrity of any of our cases may have been compromised by biased police work.”

City Attorney Mike Feuer condemned the matter, as has a growing list of other city officials, who praised Chief Michel Moore for his quick launch of an internal investigation.

“No one with racist views has any place in our police force,” said Feuer in a statement. “Whoever participated in this incident stains the badge, and undermines the efforts of officers throughout the department who strive to earn the trust and respect of the communities they serve.”

 

55 Comments

  • So, he has hundreds of DA’s but he does not think they can do the job. So he wants permission (more money) from the board to hire someone to a job he has people already there to do. Better yet, if he is so bad ass why doesn’t he just look at or take the case himself. I’m sure he could do a great job at trial…oops, he has never done a trial…..this guy is a joke.

  • Gascon is a walking, talking pile of excrement. He is at war with cops. The sooner he is gone the better. So he needs to investigate the “Floyd Valentine”? WTF for, it has nothing to do with his office, LAPD brass is handling it. This is typical cop humor, get a grip. Not about his race, if he were White someone would have come up with it. EVERYTHING ISN’T ABOUT RACE YOU FING CLOWNS!!! He’s taking the opportunity to initiate a Witch Hunt, nothing more.
    Gascon cares nothing about the safety of the community, only about doing what he can to find what he believes to be bad cops. He’s obsessed in his mission to weaken law enforcement’s ability to deal with thugs. He knows his ADA’s are square shooters so he needs to go outside to get someone who thinks like him to do his ridiculous bidding. Looks like he’s found his wing man.
    In the real world, crime keeps going up, more Blacks and Hispanics keep getting murdered and you SJW’s and your boy Gascon stay quiet.
    Why?
    Great time off in a winter wonderland.

  • This strategy is a lot less risky than defunding the police or emptying prisons and jails. It’s all about playing up to up scale liberals egos. The left got a little carried away in the war against Trump, and as they said in the movie “tropic thunder “ went full retard. As the movie pointed out, you should never go full retard.

    Interesting to see if Gascon pivots away from emptying jails and more towards show trials against cops. Probably a safer career option for Gascon considering his constituency.

  • One of my friends who is a Black police officer said he was involved in a tussle with a suspect while wearing his protective anti-COVID mask. He said during the time of the struggle he remembers becoming winded and making the comment “I can’t breath”. The combination of the struggle, equipment and anti-COVID mask REALLY made it difficult for him to breath he said. He said later he was worried someone who might have heard him utter these words or had a cell phone out recording might put the video up. He also said he had experienced Black suspects while handcuffed making the comment “I can’t breath” and try to use it like a get out of jail card.

    This seems silly but is the new reality I guess. Sad!

  • Gascon resigns from CA DA Association…

    https://laist.com/latest/post/20210216/gascon-blasts-da-association-as-anti-reform-resigns

    Interesting, did he resign in protest or did his peers shun him causing him to “pack up his toys and leave the sand box”? I’m sure the members are glad he’s gone. He should go join the California Public Defenders Association. I’m sure they already have an ID card and space reserved for him at the head of table. At least Sheriff AV has not been under constant rebuke, criticism, doubt and questioning by those who really matter, his fellow Sheriff’s in California or the staff who work for him? The SJW warriors and Gascon fanboys should be concerned by the vote of no confidence by his DA staff or many of his fellow California District Attorney’s. The support of a DA in other state who is nothing more than a like minded pupet that is bought and paid for by George Soros is akin to a vote of confidence by Mussolini, Pol Pot or Stalin in support of Adolf Hilter. A peer group can be made up of sick minded maniacs, psychopaths, killers and sociopaths can it not?

    He and his woke Comrade Newsome better hope the Biden administration drops them a life line soon. They can’t keep treading water and relying on a favorable media to keep the skeletons hidden for much longer. Look at Cuomo, he’s done! Maybe his brother can get him on at CNN.

  • “No one with racist views has any place in our police force,” said Feuer. Fifi is right, they are at war with cops. Based on Mike’s comment, it does not sound that he wants the regulars from this site on the force.

    Fifi, I think you are off your meds and getting a bit paranoid. No one is out to get you. Again, if they can fire a kid at Burger King for sending such an email, why not someone on the public dime. For what we pay, I expect better judgment. And, I dare say, cops in better shape.

    Sour Deez, the reason he needs a special prosecutor is because of conflict of interest. Prosecutors need police officers for their cases, and some are regulars in court, so they have a conflict. You need someone who does not need an officer to make his other cases. Not perfect, but better.

    Madame Kong, I wish you would follow the advice in the movie. You appear not to follow it many a time.

    All Good Things, if I understand you correctly, your friend got winded because of the tussle and had some difficulty breathing because of the mask. And, he just happened to blurt out, I can’t breathe. I can see Eric Gardner saying that when a cop has a knee on his back and wants him off, but not someone making a comment out loud. Perhaps to avoid any misunderstanding, he should just stop breathing.

    Healthy Septic, yes, you are correct that a peer group can be made up of such people. Exhibit 1 is in the comments on this site.

    • One of the most tedious things about cf his attitude towards lower wage employees (fast food workers and Walmart employees to name a few). He takes is as a given he is superior to such a lowly class, so much so that comparing someone to them is an insult. It reveals his wokness as a cover for his personal issues and grudges, nasty little piece of work really.

    • Childish Fool, “WEAK”. The appointment of a special prosecutor is not necessary as the LA County DA’s office already has Deputy DA’s assigned to handle cases involving law enforcement. If Gascon thinks he has spies or people in his department who can’t do their job he can go through the process to replace them. Now if DA Gascon does not trust his own staff why doesn’t he put his “trial suit on” and show them how it’s done? Oh, right he’s never tried a case but has a law degree for show and to “check off the box” as they say. The problem is Gascon’s staff and apparently some members of the LA County Superior Court bench don’t trust Gascons’s “judicial reasoning”. Childish Fool, you can whimper, make all the snarky remarks you want, use juvenile insults and make racist comments with impunity on this site but I trust the judgement of the hundreds of practicing Deputy DA’s who’ve actually tried cases, members of the CDAA and sitting judges over Gascon.

      Oh, I’m proud to call many on this site peers. Who and where is your peer group? In mental hospitals, living on the streets and sponging off the tax payers or just hanging out in your parents basement waiting for them to kick the bucket.

      Why don’t you show All Good Things cop friend how to “stop breathing”? Seeing is believing you know. He’s just a cop you know, I’m sure he can’t figure it out for himself. Hell, once people see you do it, I’m sure many other folks will follow suit.

      • Yes a special prosecutor is definitely needed, perfect example would be the Baca/Tanaka Pandora’s Box.

        If not for the FBI, LASD would another corruption story in the annals of Law Enforcement.

        • And you really believe the FBI with all the recent scandal, partisanship and unethical behavior shown and uncovered over the last four years is the “white in shining armor” that will come along and save the day? The LASD scandal you talk about went in for years and the BOS and political power players in Los Angeles all new about it and played along. The problems would have never been uncovered if not for a power hungry second in command. It ultimately turned into a let’s see whose biggest contest with the FED’s dropping the hammer not out of a sense of moral decency and nobility but to show whose boss. Many a Federal Prosecutor made a name for themselves and further their career around this.

          No high hopes here for a special prosecutor to ride in on a high horse and come in and save the day. I believe the division that investigates law enforcement does it job without fanfare and broadcasting what it does to the media and public. What times are we living in? I guess we are mirroring the time of the Roman empire when the public wants to sit in an arena and watch bloodsport?

  • Gascon unseats a female black DA who headed the largest local prosecutors office in the Country than calls out the California DA Association for being to white. Voters are beginning to question his competency and reform measures, so he pulls the race card.

    Is this really what you want in a District Attorney?

  • CF’s concern for the victims of violent crime has been shown when? Always concerned about people staying “here” not towing the line. Filled with cop hate on a cop hate site.
    Wonder why that could possibly be.

  • Madame Kong, I think you miss the point. I am one of the lowly class, not too far from the bottom of the rung. I do not consider myself better or smarter. In fact, I have told you that I am not very bright, which is why I frequent this site, for the company. I am not putting the kid at Burger King or Walmart down. I am telling you that you, cops, are no better than them and you should be treated no better than they are treated. You get benefits they do not, you get away with things they can not, so if you get those benefits they should too. If they do not, you should not. I have more respect for the kid at Burger Kid than I do for your and your ilk.

    Conspiracy, they may, but what has the person accomplished. Nothing. That is the problem. So, now they have to bring in someone from outside; someone who is not going to have conflict or catch flack from his colleagues for prosecuting the very people they need to make their case.

    Seeking the Truth, the race card? If it is a Lazy or a Thomas, white folk will put out the race card and say, she those are good blacks and they support us. Do not be such a simpleton in how you view the world like the racist, portly entertainer who recently went to the hereafter.

  • Cf they’re not all “kids”. Even when your pretending to respect low wage workers you can’t keep your contempt from leaking out. You’re a little man with the little man’s complex and the world doesn’t show you the respect you think you deserve. Some cop somewhere embarrassed you and now cops have become the focus of your rage. The social justice stuff is just cover for an angry little man raging against a world of perceived tormentors.

    • As Gascon very well should.
      Of course every cop attributed to Brady List is not is guilty but the ones that are give good Cops a bad name.

  • The cop hater Gascon is more concerned with cops who shoot worthless gangsters and thugs than those types who shoot us, just like his boy, or more likely girl, CF. Just took the Death Penalty off the table for the gangster scum who murdered his own cousin, wounded one cop and murdered Whittier Cop Keith Boyer and was really happy he did. Yeah, Gascon’s days are numbered, count on it. Another nail in his coffin. Little Mikie Mejia’s picture is making the rounds all over the place and being tied to Gascon’s smiling face. Way to go Georgie!

    • Stop parroting the “Blue Wall of Silence” narrative. This is 2021 and not some 1970’s police sitcom. The truth is all professions put up a wall of silence as you say when it comes to exposing bad actors amongst their ranks. Lawyers do it, teachers do it, doctors do it, politicians surely do it and we all know the clergy does it just to name a few professions. So let’s stop the finger pointing and use of broad brush strokes to advance a point of view that is old and played out. We have videos cameras all around, hostile media reporting and an entire new generation of law enforcement officers who would much prefer to keep their jobs than be the story of the week.

  • Not an excuse just a refute to a tired old trope akin to labeling someone a “racist” when one’s position is weak, they got nothing and all else fails.

    Hail Merry!

    • Your refute is to deny existence specifically when called out.

      From the mouth of former LASD
      Under Sheriff & current Federal Prisoner Paul Tanaka, ” I was not raised to be a whistleblower”…

      I’m sure Paul taking his sentence like a
      “O.G.” What a helluva example!

      • Google “LASD corruption” & you’ll find more on LASD whistleblowing….

        Also, Part Four of “Dangerous Jails” for Paul’s attitude towards LASD’s Internal Affairs; that, too, can be Googled.

        • Self policing within a department is counterproductive to a certain extent.

          The low hanging fruit are the only ones that get punished and sentenced while cronies get promoted, nothing new there.

          Always a no brainer is most large agencies.

          • In the military when the troops don’t perform to standard the commander gets relieved; something like that is needed in Law Enforcement.

  • Let’s also remember society, the media, politicians and DA’s have gone to extreme measures to ensure members of law enforcement are not treated differently, above the law or any better than any other members of society. With this comes the reality law enforcement personnel are mere mortals and not some “ubermench” spawned from the marriage of lady justice and God. They are just people drawn from members of society with all of the faults, ticks, hung-ups, biases and bad habits present in everyday peoples. So let’s not try to take position of superiority and go for blood when members of law enforcement make mistakes or exhibit the same quirks, hang-ups, biases or human faults all humans do. There are honest, hardworking, moral police officers and there will always be some who aren’t. They just people doing a job like everybody else.

    I wish all organizations and society adopted the philosophy that those at the top are responsible for everything and everyone under their control. One of the first places it should be put into practice is with regards to parents being held accountable for the actions of their children. That would really make a positive and lasting change for the better in our society. How many parents would in arrested and in jail if they were held accountable for the criminal actions of their offspring?

    • “How many parents would in arrested and in jail if they were held accountable for the criminal actions of their offspring?”.. Sure senior Alejandro would be in jail for the actions of his offspring if that were true.

      • Too bad CBS didn’t bother looking at the news conference from August of last year, where the sheriff announced 4 terminations, 22 suspensions, and a host of transfers as a result of the Kennedy Hall incident. That included removing the failed station captain when he took office in 2018, eight weeks after Kennedy Hall, something McBuckles failed to do. They didn’t bother either mentioning the new policy concerning deputy cliques, something all previous sheriffs ignored or pretended couldn’t be done.

        I know it destroys you, but that’s Sheriff Villanueva, who is the Reform, Rebuild, and Restore sheriff we hoped he would be. Hatred blinds you to reality, but that’s your problem. Try not to let it consume you, if not for your own sake at least for your family.

        • Keep Dreaming

          “Too bad CBS didn’t bother looking at….”

          Deputy statements in the CBS story indicate all of that may have been an elaborate charade. In any event all of that will be getting another look from two separate investigations

          1. California State Attorney-General.
          2. Federal Grand Jury. The investigative entity for the Federal Grand Jury is the FBI, and we saw what happened the last time the FBI investigated the LASD: the then-Sheriff, the Undersheriff, the captain of the Criminal Internal Investigations Bureau, and a bunch of other LASD personnel–I forget how many–are now inmates in a Federal Prison.

          • Rakk, the only reason LT Villanueva took any action on the Kennedy Hall fight is because it occurred under McDonnell. It was an opportunity to make a corrupt LT seem like the politician he promised he’d be. Had it occurred on his watch, he would’ve covered it up like the Kobe pics, see new story about releasing deputy names publicly, and Dep Vega’s unauthorized Uber passenger.

            Ask yourself Rakk, how does one not initiate an IAB/ICB investigation after Vega’s t/c?

            https://ktla.com/news/local-news/skateboarder-alleges-he-was-abused-kidnapped-by-2-l-a-county-deputies-involved-in-guardado-shooting/

            “ Sheriff’s officials have also not explained why it took more than two months to open an investigation into the incident and nearly eight months before Vega and Hernandez were stripped of their badges.”

            What is LT Villanueva going to say, “I tried to cover it up.”

            Mr. “He Chose his Fate” keeps trying to convince those in the know that LT Villanueva is a good guy. We know better.

            It’s the voters that need to be convinced cause 2022 campaign is just around the corner and even staunch law enforcement supporters/voters see him as corrupt and regret voting for him.

          • Apparently you know little about the pace of investigations within the LASD. Thanks for sharing your ignorance.

  • Mr “He Chose his own Fate,”

    Apparently you know little about the initiation of IAB/ICB investigations within LASD. Thank you for sharing your ignorance.

    • It probably should be noted that Andres Dae Keun Kwon is a lawyer. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan; his law degree is from the University of California; and he currently is an attorney over at the ACLU.

  • Attention “Deputy Sheriff,” as if!

    You must be one of those guys who will fight ONLY if you are guaranteed to win.

    That’s mighty brave of you to be willing to throw partners under the bus who may have been inappropriately put on a Brady list.

    Do your homework.

    Although the law suit to stop the creation of the Brady list, by the department was lost, the court still opined that names should only be given on a case by case basis.

    The department, at the time , created a Brady list that was not entirely accurate and/or fare, and simply wanted to hand it to the DA’ s office with no regard for rights and irregardless of necessity.

    • For those inappropriately placed on the Brady List is why ALADS pay multimillion dollars to Attorneys to represent them.
      Unify with other LEO Unions to foot the big bill not just ALADS.

      • @Deputy Sheriff, great idea!

        Why don’t we have all the other POAs contribute EVERYTIME we spend money to represent OUR members.

        I wish I had thought of that!

        • You’re a Detective? (cough cough) and you couldn’t figure out the point made…, the WHOLE Brady Bill which applies to every LEO in this state, not just LASD

          I’m referring to the big case which lost in court, of course LASD constituents (Deputies) would be handled by ALADS Attorneys in individual matters.

          Dude! It’s March, time for you to enjoy retirement.

          • @Deputy Sheriff. Lol.

            I have to laugh everytime one of you key board warriors calls me Detective, as it’s offensive.

            Retirement? I think I will!

            YOU scare me.

  • LT Villanueva has always played both sides throughout his career. Wanted to be a Bandido, badly, but wanted to maintain a “clean” image. Wanted to join the corrupt Baca admin but wanted to play the “truth to power” card.

    Nothing new. Joins the Recall Gascón effort but wants to align with Gascón to carry out political vendettas.

    https://laist.com/2021/03/05/sheriff-villanueva-raises-eyebrows-proposing-joint-corruption-task-force-with-da-gascon.php

      • When the 2022 election comes up, the voters of LA County will also say: “No Thanks” to reelecting that formerly retired lieutenant who FAILED at playing Sheriff.

        Looking forward to electing a new, professional, intelligent, and highly qualified Sheriff for the LASD to repair and rebuild from the destruction that Allie & BiBi have left behind.

        Time to RESTORE the LASD to its former professional and respected greatness following the AV Clown Show Circus Act.

        • “Looking forward to electing a new, professional, intelligent, and highly qualified Sheriff for the LASD….”

          O.K.

          Who might that person be?

          Remember: 2022 is NEXT year; the election is coming up at break-neck speed!

          • Don’t forget: Senate Bill 271 is up for cogitation; if it passes it will remove Government Code requirements for Sheriff so that any Tom, Dick, and Harry can run for Sheriff irregardless of Law Enforcement background.

          • Let’s just say it’s a highly qualified and intelligent candidate that can runs circles around the current Clown in charge. This candidate checks almost all of the “boxes” required to win in L.A. County with the full support of the Dem party and the Supervisors. You can believe they will ensure Incompetent Alex gets his arse kicked right out of the HOJ in embarrassing fashion.

            Sweatpea better start packing her bags.

  • @Rakk,

    LT Villanueva claimed Gascón campaigned on a lie. So did LT Villanueva “Reform, Rebuild, Restore.”

    Primary campaign promise was to “physically remove ICE from jails.” ICE was removed from jails yet immigrants were handed off to a contractor in the courtyard and then released to ICE. Deceitful bait and switch.

    LT Villanueva will claim he abolished pay to play, cronyism, and the good Ol’ boys club. Tam’s campaign donations along with Mandoyan campaign donations prove pay to play is alive and well. That doesn’t include any undeclared cash handed to the campaign with a wink. Cronyism is any promotion due to the good graces of SGT 1st Lady, most prominent- Carrie Robles Placencia. The countless photos of Ms Robles Placencia and SGT 1st lady on personal time will be damning to any cronyism denials. That doesn’t include the assignment of a County take home car after a double fatal, at fault t/c. Side note: whispers around the 8th floor is news media is covertly shooting footage of Ms. Robles Placencia driving. Heard her parking job at Lomita station for Tiger Woods presser was so horrible that it almost caused numerous accidents. Across the street from the station, on a curve of a 2 lane road, with the drivers side rear obstructing traffic. Meanwhile, FD parked in a large vacant dirt lot with plenty of parking next to the station.

    Deputy “cliques, subgroups, or gangs.” LT Villanueva has flip flopped on this issue so much it’s embarrassing. During the 2018 campaign, “deputies gone rogue, they’re not gangs.” Then they became “cliques.” Then they don’t exist. Then it’s a video released on the dept website as though he’s talking to a child. “I don’t want you joining these whatever I decide they are as I shoot this video to placate the public as I wink and hide behind the 1st Amendment for the clique, subgroup, deputies gone rogue, station gang tattoos.”

    The only campaign promise LT Villanueva kept under “Reform, Rebuild, Restore” was the good Ol’ boys club. It has been rebuilt as the good Ol’ boys AND girls club. Ask any female Skipper.

    What will LT Villanueva campaign on? Can’t campaign on any campaign promises as they have all been broken. Kobe bill that he “sponsored?” He spoke in favor of, not sponsored. He will also mention that he changed dept policy as this wasn’t covered under existing policy. It was. If memory serves, the policy was enacted under Baca and was inclusive of any scene a deputy encounters, criminal or otherwise AND includes any phone, dept, personal, or another agency working the scene.

    Can’t proclaim crime is down on his watch as he was pre pandemic to assert he knew how to do the job of Sheriff and McDonnell didn’t. Not when he’s stating violent crime is up in an effort to smear Gascón.

    Wage task force? State labor board has investigators tasked with handling wage theft cases. A duplicate investigative unit paid for with money “De-funded” from the dept. Placating to the immigrant community to win back their vote. See “Physically remove ICE from jails.”’

    Public engagement? Town Halls and live social media sessions. Public largely saw thru the town halls as scripted and turnout was always low. Some town halls had less than 10 without protestors. The only town halls with adequate turn out was when protesters showed up. Live social media sessions? Those are usually 25 minutes of LT Villanueva whining and complaining how no one likes him and they are mean to him and 5 minutes of answering public questions. It’s rather sad when Mrs 1st SGT has to post up in his defense on social media live sessions.

    About the only thing left is “deputy morale is up and I authorized new uniforms.” This doesn’t move the needle much with the public in a time when LT Villanueva is proclaiming violent crime is up because of Gascón.

    So, to answer your question Rakk, anyone would be inherently better than LT Villanueva. A station explorer that is sharp and likely part of the speech and debate team in high school can campaign better than 1 term “sheriff” LT Villanueva. Because just scratching the surface with the above campaign strategy against LT Villanueva exposes him for the fraud that he is.

  • Tellingly Boorish, I didn’t think anyone could surpass the Clown car in all things bad but you pulled it off! You haven’t thought things through, blinded by your hatred of the sheriff. If you wish a candidate supported by the board and dems would unseat AV that would be a Gascon like sheriff. Let me know how that works out for you. Oh wait, you did think things through. You were high and mighty when McBuckles was in charge and destroying the department and AV gave you the boot. Bummer! Now you want anyone other than AV to be sheriff so you can be made whole, LOL. The fact they will destroy the LASD is of no concern to your ilk.

    By the way, if you want to fabricate crap about AV you should know Bandidos came around ELA long after he was gone. You can also ask Assemblyman Gipson about AB 2655, but then again facts are not your friend. That hatred you harbor will burn through your soul, get help.

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