Why does LASD Lt. Eric Strong—now LA County Probation’s Chief of Safety & Security—appear to keep breaking the law?

Eric Strong courtesy of Eric Strong Facebook
Celeste Fremon
Written by Celeste Fremon

When last year Los Angeles County Sheriff’s lieutenant Eric Strong was loaned to LA County Probation as their Chief Safety and Security Officer, not everyone was convinced it was a great idea to bring in an outsider.

Strong, as readers may remember, is one of the cluster of people who ran for sheriff against Alex Villanueva in 2022. He did not make it to the November runoff, but in the spring primary he came in a respectable third behind Villanueva and Robert Luna, who was to oust the unpopular sitting sheriff.

When Strong ran for sheriff, he came off as bright, personable, with a feeling for the needs of the county’s various communities, and driven by enough ambition that he was willing to run for public office.

This past week, however,  Cece Woods at the Current, published a story that suggests Strong’s present ambition may be focused on using his position at the nation’s largest county probation agency, as a catapult to a more prominent position in the LASD, where rising above the rank of lieutenant has long eluded him. 

To do so, Wood describes how that same ambition may have led to a pattern of violating the legal rights of department members and others investigated for one reason or another by Strong and those working under his direction. 

When WitnessLA began digging further into the matter, probation sources and others verified most of the incidents that Woods described, and more. 

Specifically, WLA’s informants provided a disturbing portrait of Strong and his second in command, Deputy Probation Officer II Mario Padilla, alarmingly cutting legal corners when engaging in searches, and similar actions.

At the same time, when it comes to the critical task of keeping drugs out of the county’s youth halls—a goal that should arguably rank at or near the top of Strong and company’s main responsibilities—the Chief Safety and Security Officer appears to be failing.

But first let’s look at an example of Strong & company’s alleged disregard for the law.

Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall’s updated entrance, photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Probation

A supervisor is detained

On February 18, at around 2:45 p.m. Supervising Detention Services Officer Richard Ruiz arrived for his shift at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. After parking his car, he headed for the facility’s lobby where he underwent the security screening that has become routine for visitors and staff, due to the problem of contraband—including narcotics such as fentanyl—which continues to make its way into the Downey-located Los Padrinos (LP as it is known for short), and Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, in Sylmar, with potentially deadly consequences.

At the time of the incident in question, SDSO Ruiz was reportedly feeling under the weather.  But not having enough staff on duty on any given day at the county’s youth lock-ups has become notoriously problematic. So Ruiz, reportedly figured he’d suck it up and go to work anyway, so as not to let his staff down.

As it turned out, Ruiz would not make it to work that day.  Instead, as he moved along in line, Deputy Probation Officer II Mario Padilla confronted Ruiz with a large plastic bag containing four pills: an over-the-counter cold medication, an over-the-counter pain killer, and some antibiotics.

Ruiz recognized the bag Padilla was thrusting his direction, as a transparent Ziploc sandwich bag he had evidently accidentally dropped as he moved toward the screening,

Ruiz explained to Padilla that the over-the-counter medications were to control his cold symptoms.  The antibiotic pill in the bag had been prescribed by his physician to help with his persistent cough. 

Nevertheless, Padilla, who Ruiz would eventually learn was Eric Strong’s second in command, asked Ruiz for his employee number.

It was a weird request, but Ruiz gave his employee number to Padilla.  Then, in the hope of heading off any further confrontations, when Padilla asked Ruiz to put the baggie of medications back in his personal vehicle which was parked in the parking lot nearby, he complied right away.  

After doing so, he reentered the facility and headed for LP’s visiting area, where kids were meeting family members and others.

About 30 minutes later, while the supervisor was still working in the visiting area, he was approached by Padilla again, who told Ruiz he was conducting “an internal investigation,” and then forcibly herded the man whose rank was superior to his into an empty office.

According to our sources, things went quickly downhill from there.

First, Padilla (along with some additional probation staff members who by then had materialized), refused to allow SDSO Ruiz to leave the random office where they’d taken him. 

Padilla finally informed Ruiz that Padilla’s boss, Eric Strong, had instructed that Ruiz was to be detained “pending” the aforementioned “internal investigation.”  What kind of investigation was unclear.

As Ruiz would learn later, it was at that point that that Padilla began making a surreptitious audio recording, which is illegal in the state of California for civilians, but not for law enforcement.*

During the confinement in the room, Padilla told Ruiz that a K-9 dog employed by a civilian security company had alerted to narcotics on SDSO Ruiz’s person.  As a consequence, Padilla wanted to search Ruiz’s vehicle.

Reportedly knowing he had no contraband narcotics, or anything else of that nature, on his person or in his car, Ruiz questioned Padilla’s representation of the dog’s reaction, figuring Police K-9 scent-trained dogs would be unlikely to alert on his cold medication.

Ruiz would later learn that the civilian security company’s dogs were not certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which meant that any such alert by the dogs, could be used as the basis of probable cause.

It was at this point that Ruiz asked to call his lawyer. 

Padilla permitted the call but gave Ruiz no privacy. Instead he reportedly hovered around the supervisor during the call, in a manner that Ruiz felt was meant to intimidate.

After talking to his attorney, Ruiz told Padilla that he did not give consent to the search of his vehicle. 

At or about 5 p.m., following his refusal to allow the search of his car, Ruiz began to feel that the investigation, which had by then lasted more than two hours, was about to get worse. Matters weren’t help by the fact that Ruiz was now feeling truly unwell.

Ruiz pulled out his cell phone and called the Downey Police Department to report the fact that he was a probation supervisor and he was being held against his will.

A little under an hour later still,  Officers Hernandez and Gomez from Downey PD arrived and began to escort Ruiz out of the empty office where he was still being detained.

Padilla intervened and told the Downey officers that Ruiz was being held pending an internal investigation and was not free to leave. 

Perhaps hoping to further make his point with the Downey cops, Padilla then handcuffed Ruiz, reportedly closing the handcuffs so tightly around the supervisor’s wrists that they were painful and would later leave marks.  Ruiz asked Padilla to loosen the cuffs.  Padilla did not do so.

(According to a subsequent report by Ruiz’s attorney, Tom Yu, who was a police officer before pursuing his career in the law, the handcuffing interaction was captured on one of the Downey cops’ body-worn cameras, which Ruiz and his lawyer would later obtain.)

Eventually the Downey cops left, and Padilla reportedly told Ruiz that he was following orders from his boss, Eric Strong.  Then, according to Yu, Padilla “illegally searched SDSO Ruiz’s person and read him his Miranda rights.”

After that, Padilla reportedly “used physical force” to move the now tightly-handcuffed Ruiz back to the empty office located inside LP, where the supervisor was allegedly imprisoned from approximately 6 p.m. to nearly 7:30 p.m.

During that approximately 90 minutes, Ruiz asked to make another phone call and was told he could not do so. He was also allegedly denied the use of his medications, and drinking water, despite the fact that Ruiz was struggling with a bad cough that continued to worsen.

At or about 7:30 p.m., Strong arrived at LP and took over. 

First Strong reportedly asked Ruiz where his car keys were located, then forcibly took the keys, and ordered his staff members to search Ruiz’s vehicle. The subsequent search was accomplished without the supervisor’s consent, without a warrant and, it appears, without any discernible probable cause.

As a result of the search, Strong and company found and took (without consent) the completely legal baggie of medications that had originally triggered the series of events.

Finally, at or about 8:15 p.m., Supervisor Ruiz was released from custody. 

Instead of going home, Ruiz allowed his sister, who also works for the department, to drive him to a local hospital. There the exhausted and still coughing supervisor was treated for various minor injuries and emerging symptoms—including heart palpitations—until 5 a.m., at which time he was finally released to his sister who drove him home.

On February 21, 2024, Ruiz’s attorney emailed a notice to Probation Chief Guillermo Viera Rosa, and other department higher-ups including Strong, telling LA County Probation to “preserve evidence due to impending litigation.” 

The notice also requested that probation should “immediately conduct a thorough criminal investigation” of the actions of “Mr. Eric Strong and Mr. Mario Padilla, Jr. for committing false imprisonment, kidnapping, excessive force under the color of authority, and vehicular burglary.”

The “vehicular burglary” allegation was based on the fact that after Strong released Ruiz, Padilla reportedly blocked the supervisor’s personal car in the LP parking lot with his own county issued car.

Ruiz’s car is the black car, reportedly blocked by Padilla’s white county car

Bad patterns 

It is our understanding that the reported experience of Supervisor Ruiz with Strong and Padilla, is not a one-off.

WLA’s sources, and those of the Current, describe multiple episodes of searching the phones and/or cars of probation employees and others without the needed probable cause and/or a warrant.  Thus far, these alleged rights-violating instances appear to have led to exactly zero charges by the DA’s office, reportedly because the evidence isn’t there, or it was acquired illegally.

There was reportedly one case where Eric Strong took the suspect’s phone to his own home, thus destroying the chain of custody.

Meanwhile drugs are reportedly still pouring into Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall which, as of last week, contains approximately 285 youth, including seven 13-year-olds and a dozen 12-year-olds.

On Thursday, March 21, LP staff were able to intercept ten drug-filled vape pens, while Strong and company were reportedly otherwise engaged.

And in other news….the group of supervisors who had the most success in getting drugs out of the two main youth halls are still on home confinement. They are also represented by civil rights attorney Tom Yu, in a whistleblowers’ lawsuit.

Added to that…. the deadline for the shut down of Los Padrinos and Barry J Nidorf Juvenile Halls by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is approaching, with inexplicably little progress being made to prevent the shut down.

More on this last issue in an upcoming story.  So…stay tuned


*Correction, March 26, 5:45 p.m.: We originally thought that Padilla’s secret recording of his interaction with Ruiz was against the law, but we’ve since learned that it was likely legal because Padilla’s actions, in general, were at the direction of Eric Strong who is a law enforcement officer. Here’s the relevant section in the CA penal code.


  • The entire “leadership” of the department is corrupt and operating on orders from the Board of Supervisors. Ms. Mitchell had Mr. Strong loaned to probation. This stench eminates from Temple St.

  • I’m with Eric Strong & Padilla on this one.
    It’s clear what the problem is–they think Ruiz is “dirty” & Ruiz is absolutely not helping his cause by not co-operating.
    I am disappointed that Eric Strong wasn’t elected Sheriff; if elected this is what he would be doing over at the LASD.
    P.O.S.T certified K-9 dogs are needed forthwith. With certification you’ve got probable cause every time the dog twitches his nose or wags his tail.
    Eric Strong seems to be following his instincts & his instincts seem to be right on.

  • I think the articles headline needs to be changed but more importantly, the journalism needs to be fact checked. my understanding of Eric Strong is that he’s a fixer not a tough guy. More of a Michael Clayton, and not Ray Donovan. Probation has been an antiquated fractured agency for the better part of 20 years. 85% of their staff our lifers like DMV customer service agents they could care less so long as they’re collecting a paycheck and going home at night. They have an awesome opportunity to reduce recidivism in young offenders and yet they don’t do anything to help all they do is manage. You oughta do a deep dive on Eric’s background because this is a guy who has enormous leadership skills and can turn a division of several thousand deputies says something to his track record.

  • Editor’s note:

    Dear Ray Grossa,

    We do fact-check relentlessly, but if you find something that you know is factually incorrect, don’t hesitate to reach out. As for the headline, upon reflection, I agree. It doesn’t fit. So I just now changed it. Thank you Ray, Rakkasan, and Brian Anderson for the feedback.


  • Eric Stupid and Shorty Guillermo. Bunch of moronic bullies! Shorty Guillermo has a tendency of staring down staffs to prove his “manhood “.

  • Celeste, maybe the front headline should read “ Does LASD Lt. Eric Strong’s Safety & Security Work At LA County Probation Have What it Takes to Turn LA Probation Around?

    And when I mentioned fact, checking, I mean not taking just the suspects, and their attorney as the holy gospel. I believe the reason why he is there is to Uncover, Discover and Discard, and sometimes that requires breaking some rules but never laws.

  • Hi Celeste.
    I’ll admit, assuming all facts have been checked, I like this story.

    Have things changed. My basic CORE Training taught me that no electronic devices or drugs, even prescription medications weren’t allowed in the county facilities.

    Any prescription medication were to remained in your vehicle and you had to alert the O.D. And get permission upon proper release to go to your vehicle to take your medication and return. But doesn’t that go against the HIPPA Laws.

    I believe a lot of staff at that time followed this code of conduct and even some staff kept cell phones for the purpose of family emergencies. And, many upper MGR’s understood that because they to had their cell phones. But we’re talking about drugs right now. I knew many staff who followed those protocols to take the medication with no issues. Then again, back then we had plenty of backup staff.

    I remember when I first started at LP, we didn’t have this problem like we have today with contraband. Minors knew they were subject to search 24/7. From the initial intake process when they’re first brought in by the police, sheriff or their DPO. They were searched when entering the facility or living unit, after returning from court, medical or dental appointment, returning from school, after church, and after entering the living unit after outdoor recreation. We even searched the minors after visiting to make sure they didn’t receive any contraband during their visits. And, at the end of the week there could be a movie night with popcorn, or pizza party, or an ice cream social to say thank you for not having contraband, or thank you for not participating in undesirable behavior. We had expectations and rewarded good behavior.

    There was a policy for every detainee as to what is allowed in their immediate sleeping quarters and each kid knew it. Pencils were checked in and out. Ink pens and markers ranked as contraband to minimize tagging in the sleeping quarters or anywhere else .
    Knowing these rules help to maintain a safe secure, as the calmness of a unit. This allows the staff to conduct the programs that required to reduce recidivism because the kids felt safe regardless of what Hoods they were from.
    Any extra stuff like having too many family photos, letters, reading material was kept in a minors personal locker and could be retrieved at any time during his or her waking hour shift or when it was safe and if it wasn’t deemed as being disruptive.
    We also had code of conduct with our youth detainees when it came to expectations of behavior, contraband and rights during visitation on Saturday and Sunday and during the week for their after court visits. Even the expectation of “non-touching” policy was enforced and monitored by DSO’s to help minimize passing of contraband during these visits from relatives.

    Once a certain type of leadership began to implement certain guidelines (I won’t elaborate with my suspected details ), but you could start to see a change where the detainees felt empowered to take control along with support from outside influences.
    And, just maybe some staff were manipulated enough sophisticated minors to do their bidding.
    Mr. Strong had good intentions to stop the flow on contraband (drug) with zero tolerance procedures. Maybe some techniques crossed the line, but all y’all people at the top are trying to prevent drug contraband and no one wants to see another life lost because of any drugs in the facility. I guess we’re still waiting the investigation outcomes.

    Just like certain department leadership relaxed its stance on structure and discipline for the minors, where, for example: some may feel that (10) minors walking in a straight line going on a line movement to school at 8:30 AM is cruel and abusive, then why wouldn’t you think as an upper management staff that you can relax your own contraband policy by bringing in your own medication knowing you’ll be searched.

    If this was a DSO, he or she would have been falsely accused of drug smuggling, drug trafficking, refused a phone call, arrested and terminated without due process.

  • The system isn’t totally corrupt nooojoll that’s why when your kid gets involved with the law the wisest thing is to separate him and the lot as soon as possible so you better get a good good attorney because a good I really expensive attorney that makes a difference you know between a poor person and a rich person you know being able to afford her and then they should get different venues of Justice I’m sure.

  • Who is Eric Strong? I can tell you based on my single interaction with him while on deployment and with numerous experiences shared with me by Probation employees from Chiefs to other POs the man is arrogant, self-important and a bully. Mr. Strong showed up on day one maybe with the best of intentions, but far off on the wrong foot. Instead of attempting to collaborate to solve problems, Mr. Strong began barking orders, insulting and denigrating leadership and employees: immediately causing bad blood and resentment with members of the very Department he was tasked to assist. Mr. Strong was upset over his lack of control over the activities of the old drug team, threw a hissy-fit and made his own team under his direct control, which has fumbled numerous investigations under his direct guidance. (I wonder why none of this team has been sent home yet?)

    As the old saying goes, if you have a problem with everybody else, you yourself are probably the problem. I personally don’t know of a single person who speaks well of Eric Strong, not from Probation nor from LASD, even the supervisors and managers beneath him speak ill of the man to their peers, but they are afraid to do so to his face due to his habit of bullying and intimidating others. With his long history of service to the Sheriff’s Dept, one would think that there is at least one person who would be willing to speak up on his behalf but apparently that doesn’t seem to be the case. The only one who seems to have trusted him is Mr. Padilla and look where that got him.

    Ray Grossa, based on your defense of him and the content of your posts, it appears that you are not with LASD or Probation. What experiences and “understanding” do you have with the man personally that qualifies him for the praise you are imparting? Because no offense, you kind of sound like his campaign manager. You call him a “fixer” but what exactly has he actually fixed? You say to do a “deep dive” into his background on how he turned around a division of “several thousand deputies”, but offer no evidence. LASD has 9000 sworn, surely out of those, “several thousand” whom he affected, at least one person can provide a glowing endorsement of him? I have turned over many rocks in LASD asking about this dude and all signs point to the same direction, that the guy is an incompetent egomaniac.

    Celeste, thank you for posting this article, this man is an absolute cancer, anyone who has every crossed paths with him will tell you the same thing. Regardless of how well-meaning his intentions are, his arrogance and hostility are what caused sequence of events you are describing. It is unfortunate that it took this long for this to be brought to light but the reason why as you all know now, is because the man is a vindictive bully and uses his powers to foster an environment of fear and intimidation around him.

  • Rakkasan, regarding your comment: do you not realize the hypocrisy of your logic?

    You are approving of these actions based on your assumption that Ruiz is guilty of a crime, and implying that it is ok for Strong’s subordinates to violate his rights and violate due process based on his “instincts”? Sounds to me like a Sheriff Strong would not be too much different than Sheriff Tanaka.

    So to be clear, the next time a police officer or deputy suspects someone is committing a crime you have no problem if he violates the suspects rights and commits illegal search and seizure based solely on the fact that he’s “not cooperating”? It appears that you hold the opinion that it’s ok to break the law when you are going after Officers but not ok when you are doing the same to people who actually commit crimes and terrorize their communities.

    Your lack of knowledge of the law and anti-cop bias is blatant here.

  • DPO Richard Bread

    Richard Ruiz was told that he was being subject to “an internal” not a “criminal investigation”. As a DPO you should know the difference between the two.
    As a Supervisor Ruiz should’ve been aware of the rampant drug problem occurring within the Juvenile facilities & should’ve co-operated with the “internal” investigation which was just that–an investigation.
    If Ruiz had nothing to hide that fact would have surfaced & all would be well.
    Ruiz has the right to sue if he feels he has been subject to wrongdoing and the courtroom is the appropriate place to air his grievance because that is where, ultimately, the truth will out.
    Which is why it won’t get that far.

  • @ Rakkasan: He is NOT a DPO. He is a Sr DSO. Big difference in job functions and training. I never heard of a person being handcuffed during an internal investigation plus have his or her Miranda rights being read to them.

  • Alfred E Newman

    Thanks for your response.
    Being ‘cuffed & read Miranda rights is what demarcates a criminal from an Internal investigation. Richard Ruiz has hired a lawyer so perhaps more light will be shed on that particular situation in later legal proceedings.
    It could all be a big bluff or it could signal the onset of criminal proceedings.
    Hopefully we shall see.

  • Having worked with LASD for nearly 4 decades, I can say with absolute certainty that you do not handcuff an employee during an administrative investigation, nor do you force them into a room and hold them against their will. If the employee wants to leave, you instruct them that they are being ordered to remain on premises. If they leave, you charge them with insubordination. What was done to this Probation supervisor was bush league.

  • This reads like amateur hour. The non-certified (and how the hell was that allowed?) K9 alerts? Either the handler blew it, the dog blew it or their was no search…The man was treated unprofessionally thereafter. You wanna say that no Deputies that are sick bring in cold meds to get through their shift? Please…I know better. Then as payback for calling police, a non-violent employee is cuffed? If this is an example of how Strong problem solves, fortunate he lost the election and no wonder he can’t move past Lieutenant.

  • Strong struggled while he was a Lt for LASO. That’s really not a secret for anyone who dealt with him, especially when he was tasked to do anything or trusted to do a job right.
    He was a Lt. assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau for a period of time. His inability to grasp and learn about Admin Investigation procedures and employee rights should be telling enough to anyone looking/investigating anything around or about him.

  • Eric strong was told to run against villanueva to dillute the votes as BOS was terrified villanueva would win a board seat and expose thier corruption. To reward strong put him in a power position with a department the BOS wants to see implode then privatize, heck they already have a contract with a private organization to hire “counselors” with the same job description as Probation Officers. The BOS is watching thier plan unfold while selling out the dedicated employees of the probation department.

  • @Rak,
    The one with Pat Macdonald is even more interesting. We went from the Vikings at the helm, to the age of the Regulators.
    Was Pat green lighted (by Skeen or Tardy), or did he flat out lie when asked if he had a Station Tatoo before promoting. I hear IAB is interviewing Deputies at certain stations. I bet Personnel is next. I definitely know some inked Deps at STARS ……Campos & Team.


  • Rak & Wendy,
    LASD unfortunately is definitely overrated. Deputies who stand up for themselves concerning right decisions are ostrizied and punished.
    Not enough “INK” to tell the whole and continuing saga.
    This includes both sheriff’s unions, ALADS & PPOA.
    Their history speaks for itself as they are composed of the same sheriff LASD personnel.

  • @Reality-

    I couldn’t agree more myself. Seen it with my own eyes. LASD has a rich history of disassociation or sweeping things under the rug. With more oversight coming as a result of the DOJ investigation; one would hope LASD would learn, but I’m not holding my breath.

  • @ Tradition Of Service,

    Funny how history repeats itself within LASD, consisting of lies, greed, theft and cover-ups while thinking they’ll never get caught.

    “OPERATION BIG SPENDER” & “PANDORA’S BOX” just to name two of the most (in)famous ones.

    I’ll never forget, neither will the citizens of Los Angeles County.

  • @Employee 19-

    Status quo with the “throw şħĩț at the wall and see what sticks”. By the time things rise to the surface, those that made those horrible decisions have long since retired. Pandora’s box is 100% accurate. While you might be able to dodge a headache or two through meditation… how much oversight is truly needed before our once prestigious department realizes and addresses its own internal flaws? Now we get to see what’s coming through the DOJ investigation too… sounds like it’s going to be the biggest one yet.

    I do know one thing though; I sure wish my employee number started with a 1.

  • Employee 19—-

    Thanks for your post. “Operation Big Spender” happened back in 1991 & was the result of an FBI investigation into LASD corruption. It was drowned out by news of the Kolts Commission Report, which also happened circa 1991. Details on both can be Googled:

    1. Kolts Commission Report.
    2. Operation Big Spender–LASD

    The Kolts Commission Report was ordered by the Board of Supervisors when outlays for legal judgements against the LASD exceeded any other county expenditure–roads, schools, parks, hospitals, etc.
    Operation Big Spender dealt with rampant corruption in the Narcotics Bureau & resulted in multiple convictions following an FBI investigation.

  • @ Reality,
    The Department can’t clean itself up, so CalDOJ is going to force feed changes. With last weeks release about Pat Macdonald and his regulator ink we have to again ask the difficult question. How was Pat even promoted to Captain when he was involved in 4 shootings @ Century & @ SEB. And, who made the dumb decision to put him @ Training Bureau ( really ?? ) F**k up by Alejandro.. but now how could Luna promote Pat to Personnel ( WHF ). This is a flawed individual with massive anger and personality issues.

  • Eric Strong and Lt. his wife are both failed leaders who cry “discrimination, retaliation and oppression” by the department even though they make a combined income of over a million dollars a year. They have multiple homes under families names, multiple vehicles, assets and pending lawsuits. They play the race card as needed even though Strings mother is a white woman he claims to be ONLY black and denies his white heritage.

    He is a habitual complainer whose campaign was DOA until it was conveniente for the powers that be to elevate his campaign to pull votes from Rhambo. He was NEVER tapped by BOS to run. His campaign was broke, weak and had zero relationships with elected officials or donors. No one asked him to run nor was he ever thought to be a significant factor. He placed 3rd for 1 reason only, his skin color. He is the definition is drunk with power and starved for a title. He has zero business being in a position of leadership and needs to be fully investigated.

  • Meanwhile, IAB is already interviewing line deputies at Industry Station trying to identify all the Industry Indian membership. Then what? Oh yes, Max will now have his list of bad little Indians. How about starting your “gang” membership identification with your Executive staff? Nothing to see here at the executive level, but if you are a hard working line deputy with ink, standby. ALADS/PPOA, the boots on the ground need you more than never. The magic question is why now with the Indians? You have know the existence of other groups, historically and within your short tenure. Is is because you are trying to please the LA Times or Max? Or both? Who is advising you Sir!

  • @ Anonymous,
    I believe IAB started interviewing Industry Deputies last week. If Luna wants to really clean house, he needs to start at HOJ. His U/S is inked with her ” V Boys ” Temple ink, we definitely know we have a Regulator …..I bet you will find Bandidos and Reapers and may be a few little Indians too !!!

  • I have seen him and his work first hand. He is a very dangerous person. Lieutenant Strong does not care about facts, truth, ethics, integrity, or what actually happened in a case. He is only concerned with how he’s going to prove his point, whatever that maybe in a particular case.
    What might surprise people the most is that with all of the civil rights violations that he’s being accused of, such as: false imprisonment of a peace officer, breaking evidence chain of custody in a very important case where the peace officer was later released, wrongfully arresting a teacher’s aid at Barry J. Nidort Juvenile Hall, wrongfully handcuffing a parent at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, is that lieutenant Strong is not under investigation. No one is investigating these allegations. He walks and operates with impunity in the probation department.
    As a member of Los Angeles County Probation Department executive management who oversees the internal affairs bureau, lieutenant Strong decides who goes under investigation and who doesn’t. The only only way for him to be placed under investigation is for he, himself, to order an investigation into the allegations against him. However, one can easily questioned the integrity of any investigation into his allegations where he has direct authority over the investigators
    With all of the policy, labor union’s memorandum of understanding (MOU), law, and civil rights violations that he’s accused of by multiple officers, he should definitely be investigated. Any other employee of the probation department, including executive management, would have been sent home until a thorough investigation was completed. But this will not happen to him.
    Not as long as supervisor Holy Mitchell continues to protect him.
    While the Chief of probation can definitely place lieutenant Strong under investigation, we have to remember that Supervisor Holy Mitchell is the one that appointed him to the probation department. He’s got her full protection one hundred percent. And with that, anyone that dares to challenge him will commit career suicide.
    it is unbelievable that in the year 2024, even after all of the protests we’ve seen against police abuse of power, we have a law enforcement officer violating citizens civil rights, here in Los Angeles County, operating with impunity because he’s being protected by a politician.

  • Attention Board of Supervisors Deputies (we know you stop by here): How much has to go South before Lt. Strong is placed under investigation by an independent agency? At the rate he’s going, get those lawsuit settlement checks ready….

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