Alex Villanueva

Kobe Bryant’s Widow Urges Judge to Allow Crash Photos Suit to Go Forward

Vanessa Bryant says she felt “sick” and “extreme sadness and anger” when learning that Los Angeles County sheriffs and fire department personnel had allegedly snapped and shared gruesome photos
of the bodies of her late husband and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed nine people, according to court
papers obtained.

L.A. County Supervisors Hear Options For Removing Sheriff

Los Angeles County supervisors were briefed today on four legal options for removing Sheriff Alex Villaneuva from his elected post, but it was not clear if the board is ready to take action. Supervisor Hilda Solis, the board’s current chair, noted that to date, the board has sued the sheriff, held back funding and granted subpoena power to watchdog dog agencies to strengthen oversight.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Villanueva Subpoenaed Regarding COVID-19 Jail Policies

Civilian Oversight Commission issues its first Subpoena, only months after voters approve Measure R. Los Angeles, CA – The Justice LA COVID-19 Response team commends the Civilian Oversight Commision for utilizing their subpoena power provided by Measure R during the COVID-19 health crisis. Sheriff Villanueva is legally required to appear on May 21st. The commission exercised its newfound subpoena power to obtain information from the Sheriff’s Department regarding the current situation inside the jails. The spread of COVID-19 inside of LA County jails is a systemic problem and requires immediate investigation by the Civilian Oversight Commission. Sheriff Villanueva has refused repeated requests to appear

Report: FBI Investigating Alleged Secret Society of Deputies

The FBI is investigating a secret society of tattooed deputies in East Los Angeles as well as similar gang-like groups elsewhere within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, it was reported today. News of the probe comes from multiple people familiar with the inquiry, according to the Los Angeles Times. The federal probe follows allegations of beatings and harassment by members of the Banditos, a group of deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s East L.A. station who brand themselves with matching tattoos of a skeleton outfitted in a sombrero, bandolier and pistol. The clique’s members are accused by other deputies of

OIG Report Raises Concerns About Overcrowded Jails, Lack of Care

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today postponed discussion of a report by the Office of Inspector General that raises concerns about overcrowded jails, poor quality of medical and mental health care for inmates and the persistence of dangerous social cliques in the Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Signals Policy Changes, Watchdogs Worry

The data around the use of force is complicated because new reporting policies were instituted in 2013, which county officials have long said created a spike in reporting that wasn’t reflective of a jump in actual force incidents. On top of that, mismatched systems for reporting different kinds of force and violence have created inconsistencies and unreliability in the numbers over time.