You may recall the curious case of Deputy Jeremy Fennell, who KTLA reported nearly a year ago was under investigation for abusing his girlfriend, failing to respond to a shooting call, and recording numerous unprofessional videos while in uniform. Fennell, of course, is the son of sheriff Commander Joseph Fennell–who has his own tawdry past with women–seems to have been partially cleared by Sheriff Jim McDonnell, reports Maya Lau at the Los Angeles Times.
In yet another scandal coming out of our beleaguered Sheriff’s Department, a newly hired academy recruit was just arrested for stealing $100,000 from a Santa Clarita-area ATM. He is also suspected of committing a recent arson. This–now over three years since Sheriff McDonnell ran on a campaign of cleaning the department up. This is the second unrelated story about deputy misconduct today alone. Reporter Richard Winton from the LA Times has more on the case.
The Los Angeles Times recently reported that a deputy sheriff is under investigation for soliciting sex from a victim of domestic violence. While this sort of thing probably occurs in any law enforcement agency, it’s remarkable that it continues to occur to this degree 3-4 years after Sheriff Jim McDonnell assured the public he would clean it up.
Perhaps one reason why it continues is that Sheriff McDonnell is not viewed as a leader; he has never earned the confidence of those he assumes he leads. Deputies view him with a mixture of scorn and contempt; the public hardly knows who he is. So it’s no wonder staggering misconduct continues–in this case, in a sheriff station lobby!
For more on the story, see this reporting from Maya Lau at the Los Angeles Times.
Despite Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s assurances that he’d clean up the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over the past three years, yet another deputy sheriff has just been arrested for astonishing criminality.
Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Collins has been charged with providing security to drug traffickers, reports Witness LA.
A former Sheriff’s Department psychologist has been convicted of sex crimes against children. The LA Times has more on the case.