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Helicopter Company Sued in Fatal Kobe Bryant Crash Denies Responsibility
September 24, 2020
One of two helicopter companies being sued by the widow of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant stemming from the crash in January that killed her husband and 13-year-old daughter, along with seven others, denied any responsibility for the accident in a statement issued today. Vanessa Bryant's amended Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Friday alleges Richard Webb, the owner of founder of Santa Ana-based OC Helicopters LLC, suggested the route for the ill-fated flight and should have aborted it. ... read more »
Attorneys: Dijon Kizzee Fatally Shot by Deputies While Lying on Ground
September 24, 2020
Again blasting the sheriff's department's contention that a 29-year-old man was fatally shot while pointing a gun at deputies in Westmont, attorneys for the man's family said today an independent autopsy shows he was shot repeatedly while ``writhing on the ground in pain.'' ... read more »
Los Angeles Urban League Letter to The Editor – Another Police Killing
September 11, 2020
On Monday, August 31, 2020, two Los Angeles County Sherriff deputies shot and killed Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old African American man from Lancaster, CA, visiting friends and family in the Westmont neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Shortly after Mr. Kizzee was pronounced dead, community activists gathered at the sight of the shooting. They marched to the local Sheriff's station to protest the unnecessary murder of another Black man by those pledged to protect and serve. Protesters are rightfully outraged, and the family deserves answers and transparency.  ... read more »
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L.A. County Board Expected to Fund Body Cameras for Sheriff’s Deputies
September 1, 2020
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote today to transfer $25.5 million to the Sheriff's Department to fund the roll-out of body-worn cameras to five stations over the next year. ... read more »
Young Black Man Found Hanging from a Tree in Front Palmdale City Hall
June 12, 2020
A 24-year African American man was found hung in Palmdale; recent reports identified the individual as Robert Fuller. He was found by a pedestrian walking near Palmdale City Hall around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10. ... read more »
Community Marches on Sheriff’s Station to Issue Demands in the Name of #RyanTwyman
August 1, 2019
On Sunday, June 28, almost a thousand people gathered at Southwest College. Rhythms played by master drummers and chants of “Justice for Ryan,” called the crowd together as libations were poured and prayers were offered. People gathered in t-shirts donning the hashtags, #JusticeForRyanTwyman and #ItCouldHaveBeenMe. There was a huge banner with Ryan’s name and cardboard cutouts of his face. Mike Twyman, Ryan’s uncle, served as opening speaker, reminding people of who Ryan was, “a good father, a son, a special young man.” ... read more »
Oversight Commission Condemns East L.A. Station’s Fort Apache Logo
July 26, 2019
The Civilian Oversight Commission voted today to condemn the use of the Fort Apache seal by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and called for its immediate removal. ... read more »
OIG Review Reveals Deputy Misconduct
July 26, 2019
Deputies found to have assaulted their wives and driven under the influence at more than 100 miles per hour are among those who remain employed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, according to a report discussed with the Board of Supervisors this week. ... read more »
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Oversight Commission Asks Inspector General to Review Deputy Cliques
April 26, 2019
The watchdog panel that oversees the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department asked the county's inspector general to conduct an inquiry into secret deputy cliques that have proliferated for years and been implicated in violence against jail inmates and harassment of fellow deputies. ... read more »
Public’s Help Sought to Identify Girl Found Dead in Hacienda Heights
March 8, 2019
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released a composite sketch of the girl, who was Black, about 4 feet, 5 inches tall and 55 pounds, along with photos of the pink long-sleeve top with the words "Future Princess Hero'' and gray pants with pandas on them that she was wearing when her body was found. ... read more »
Villanueva Stands Ground on Deputy Reinstatement
January 31, 2019
In a confrontational surprise appearance before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Alex Villanueva defended his reinstatement of a deputy fired after allegations of domestic violence and stalking. ... read more »
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