The Associated Press recently reported that due to Sheriff McDonnell’s slowness to enact a body cam program, thousands of individual deputies have bought and deployed their own cameras. Faced with questions about the controls around deputies’ personal cameras, the sheriff apparently lied and stated that no uses of force had been recorded via personal cameras.
“Deputies have never captured any use-of-force incidents or fatal shootings on personally owned body cameras, McDonnell said.”
Yet as you travel the county you will regularly see deputies with various types of cameras attached to their uniforms and activated during uses of force. Certainly, many uses of force have been booked into evidence. Either the sheriff did not know this or refused to admit it. We’re not sure which is worse.
We urge the Associated Press to follow up on the misstatements they have so confidently been given.
The Los Angeles Times has a recent story out questioning why Sheriff McDonnell has seen fit to promote leaders with records of highly questionable judgment, including demotions. That is to say, the kinds of actions which would get a deputy fired (or relieved of duty pending termination) today but which, at higher echelons, is overlooked. It’s a must-read.
Quoting the article, “Leaders from two deputies unions declined to discuss the promotions of specific people, but they said many of their members believe high-ranking officials with misconduct histories are treated more favorably than rank-and-file deputies with similar records.
Derek Hsieh, executive director of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, which represents rank-and-file deputies, declined to comment on the recent promotions but said it’s ‘exceptionally rare’ for a demoted deputy to later be promoted. He said even if McDonnell made thoughtful decisions about who should be on his command staff, the appearance of unfairness is a problem. ‘People are going to start to doubt your judgment,’ he said.”
It can’t be that rare to promote someone you previously demoted these days, though, right? Didn’t Sheriff McDonnell demote Assistant Sheriff Eddie Rivero a short three years ago when he was a probationary captain? Yet hasn’t he skipped 3-4 ranks since…? Guess he learned to ‘just say yes!’