Although Sheriff McDonnell ran on a platform of “transparency” four years ago, he changed quickly upon entering office. Within just his first few weeks he instituted a policy forbidding subordinates from voicing disagreement with him, he punished or demoted those who did (former OSS Captain Brackpool), and he has made obstructing journalists a hallmark of his term.
Unfortunately though entirely predictably, this lawsuit has had no impact on the sheriff’s behavior. Here are several examples of the sheriff’s continued anti-accountability LASD.News has learned of recently:
- The Department is actively obstructing several media public records requests, including regarding:
- items reported on this website such as the all-in cost of the Sheriff’s luxury SUV,
- the all-in cost of his entourage of deputy chauffeurs (including removing the alternate drivers from the “security detail” email list to make it seem smaller),
- as well as regarding the stolen LASD vehicles recently used in crimes, and other issues
- and what about the sheriff’s two military surplus armored personnel carriers, that the public has never been told about?
- Sources at SHQ have told us decisions have been made to withhold information from reporters, including delaying the release of embarrassing information that reporters requested weeks ago and is available now until after the June 5 election
- Office of the Inspector General, ACLU, the legal system, 10-37…?
- The–not one, but two–deputy sheriffs who accidentally shot themselves in the last two days (from CPT and CRDF). While LASD did make a brief mention of the first negligent discharge on Tuesday, it made zero mention of the one on Wednesday.
- Of course, this is to say nothing of the Department’s aggressive lack of transparency around deputy involved shootings (including this statement Wednesday), the allegations of corruption involving the crime lab, the sheriff’s documented inattention to prison rape, or the pay-for-play.
- Also, LASD.News has learned from sources at the County that the Department intends to settle former Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers’ lawsuit alleging that Sheriff McDonnell retaliated against him for running to be sheriff–BUT that it is going to drag it out until after the June 5 election.
Who’s provided more “transparency”? Sheriff McDonnell in the last four years or this site–run by pissed-off deputies wanting a better LASD–in just the last
week 24 hours?