L.A. County Board Looks to Watchdog Agency to Take On Deputy Cliques

Responding to a RAND Corp. report finding that deputy cliques accused of gang-like behavior still exist with the sheriff’s department, the Board of Supervisors today tasked the Civilian Oversight Commission with developing a plan to eradicate these groups.

L.A. County Gathering Additional Data on COVID-19 Impact by Race, Ethnicity

“The fact that many communities of color fare poorly in health outcomes, and are more susceptible to COVID-19, is not an accident,” Solis said. “Decades of institutional racism have made our communities more vulnerable, so we must consider this reality in our policy solutions. We need our public health experts to keep robust data collection on COVID-19 patients to ensure resources are distributed equitably to high-need areas.”

Jury Selection Begins in Grim Sleeper Case

A judge on Monday began questioning roughly six dozen prospective jurors for the trial of the man charged in the “Grim Sleeper” killings of nine women and a teenage girl between 1985 and 2007. More than 200 prospective jurors filled out questionnaires last month as attorneys began the process of selecting a panel to hear the case against Lonnie Franklin Jr. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told the prospective panelists the trial will be a “complicated” case that has “garnered a fair amount of publicity.” Would-be jurors were asked to answer 176 questions covering an exhaustive range of