Tag: News

Deputy Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking

Deputy Kenneth Collins, who was arrested earlier this year, pled guilty Monday to a charge of drug trafficking after being caught by the FBI offering to use his LASD badge to escort narcotics across state lines. The Los Angeles Times has the story.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

Ironically, Collins met one of his co-conspirators, Grant Valencia, while Collins was an instructor in the “Emerging Leaders Academy”–a program to help criminals turn their lives around. Valencia was his student.

“Law enforcement officers are sworn to uphold the law, which is why we hold them to a higher standard of conduct… Deputy Collins didn’t just break the law, he trampled his oath by agreeing to sell his badge to assist drug traffickers,” U.S. attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement.

Collins grew up in South Central Los Angeles, served in the U.S. military, then joined the Sheriff’s Department and was assigned to Lennox Station, though LNX deputies told LASD.News they could hardly remember him and shake their heads at his actions. Collins was most recently assigned to Countywide Services Bureau, before he left the department shortly after his January arrest.

 

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Jailer Savagely Beaten By Inmate at Lakewood Station; Shot by Heroic Deputies

Update @ 08-11-18 / 0015 Hrs: Radio traffic from this incident can be found here: first clip (begins at 28 min in); incident continues in this second clip. We’re left with two thoughts: first, this sounds like an absolute Donnybrook in the station jail. Second, check out these deputies (and one in particular) taking control of the situation and handling it. THIS is the difference between LASD and LAPD. Not to pick a fight, but while LAPD is all about rank and process and systems of accountability (blah, blah, blah), LASD is about ability, taking charge and getting the job done. And that is why you hear a deputy sheriff running the response here, not various levels of sergeant, lieutenant, captain, commander, chief and assistant sheriff stepping all over themselves over who is in command. Despite everything corrupt and broken and wrong with the leadership of today’s LASD, this radio traffic gives us confidence the beating heart of the real LASD is still alive (for now). The deputy sheriff, handling business.

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A Custody Assistant at Lakewood Sheriff Station was savagely beaten by an arrestee today as the jailer was attempting to fingerprint him. 

Facts Below, But First Some Context:
While we don’t yet know enough about what happened and don’t want to jump to conclusions, it’s important to state that jail personnel and deputies are being assaulted by inmates far more often now than they were in the past. This kind of thing simply did not happen 3-4 years ago. This is because of the potentially career-ending discipline Sheriff McDonnell and his civilian/lawyer Constitutional Policing Adviser”, Diana Teran, are handing out after personnel get into uses of force. Criminals know this and it emboldens them. This is especially true given McDonnell’s campaigning for re-election on reducing use of force in the jails, however unsafe they have become for his personnel. While the jails may be safer for criminals, they are more dangerous for those wearing a badge. In fact, we understand Ms. Teran is at Lakewood Station right now–news that should come as a snake’s rattle to Lakewood personnel…

Here is what we understand to have happened from our sources and a press conference held by Homicide Lieutenant Corina:

  • The suspect had been arrested around 1300 hours for possession of a stolen car (10851 CVC).
  • After booking was completed, he was of course removed from his cell to be fingerprinted by the Custody Assistant (jailer).
  • The jailer’s partner had just left the jail to deal with some paperwork and was elsewhere in the station, so the jailer was alone. This is very common.
  • While he was being fingerprinted, the suspect (who we understand to be Pacific Islander, possibly Samoan), suddenly, without provocation and savagely beat the female jailer.
  • The jailer was able to hit a panic button, setting off an alarm. Lakewood Station dispatch personnel saw what was happening on CCTV and sent deputies to help.
  • The suspect stole the jailer’s Taser and dragged her into a cell by her hair, locking it behind him. Legally this was a kidnapping. He then essentially held her hostage in the cell.
  • Once deputies arrived, the suspect points the Taser at them through the jail screen, as well as reportedly at the jailer being held hostage. The jailer had been beat to a pulp and could have been killed, so deadly force was clearly authorized.
  • One or more deputies then shot the suspect. We understand the shooting was directed by the watch commander, though the deputies had cause to shoot without that (at least under current California law…). The suspect was hit several times but still did not immediately give up until he was subsequently Tased.
  • The suspect is in critical condition as of this article.
  • The jailer was savagely beat, with a broken orbital and nose, but should survive.

We will not release the name of the jailer or other involved personnel.

This article will be updated as we learn more information (which does not compromise the investigation).

County Drags Feet on Body Cams–But Here’s What’s Gonna Happen

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was one of the first agencies in America to try out body cameras–and will be one of the last to adopt them. And not for good reasons.

Now, the Board of Supervisors is set to vote Tuesday on–by our count–the fourth study (possibly the fifth?) on how LASD should implement in a cam program. This is pretty dysfunctional stuff, even by the County’s standards.

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Agencies began snatching up the cameras four years ago in a mad dash to avoid being the next Ferguson. Many brands tried to capitalize on the gold rush: Vievu, Safariland, Wolfcom and, of course, Taser–which has since rebranded as Axon, bought Vievu, and seen its stock price soar from $8 or so pre-Ferguson to nearly $70 today.

The cameras, which were initially demanded by African American activists, liberal groups and the media and viewed warily by officers have now become popular with officers and deputies, with many buying their own. Meanwhile, the Movement for Black Lives (a policy-recommending group affiliated with Black Lives Matter) has called for the elimination of body cams, as part of what it views as a war on black people.

The great activist, liberal and media hope was that body cams would reveal all kinds of police misconduct and send officers to jail. Of course, they’ve mostly just vindicated officers falsely accused of misconduct, shown officers putting their lives on the line to save strangers, and revealing how little time officers have to make impossibly hard decisions.

While many agencies nationwide hopped aboard the body cam bandwagon, Sheriff Jim McDonnell waited–and wisely, we think. There were still many different brands, the technology was rapidly evolving, and there were real unknowns about performance, policies, and long-term costs. Given LASD’s size, it was smart to make a deliberate choice–and, since the cams were a political demand, understandable he dragged his feet to get the Board of Supervisors to pay for them.

But that was almost four years ago.

Of course, McDonnell also wanted to use the body cams as a Trojan Horse for hiring nearly 240 new administrative people (plus another 60 at the DA and Public Defender’s offices). That’s two entire patrol stations…just in admin. Will body cams require people to process public record requests? Pull videos, blur faces, legal stuff and subpoenas? Sure. But 240? Ridiculous.

While the sheriff and Board of Supervisors have been playing hot-potato on the cameras for years, many deputies have gone out and bought their own cams, despite uncertainty re how the Department will view their recordings or whether opportunistic/low-integrity managers will punish them for infractions on the recordings the Department never would have known about without high-integrity deputies recording themselves. What a sorry state of affairs…

Now, LASD and the Board of Supervisors is calling for YET ANOTHER study (at taxpayer expense) on how to implement body cams. This after the department’s own 2014 test, a report issued by the Office of the Inspector General in 2015, a report issued by the Citizens Oversight Committee just last month, and the experience of many large agencies nationwide…

As Celeste Fremon writes on her Southern California criminal justice blog Witness LA today, yet another study isn’t needed. Her article is great and you should check it out.

How’s all this gonna end?

  1. Someone’s gonna go to Taser (Axon) and buy like 4,000-5,000 body cams.
  2. The cams will get delivered, sit in a warehouse for a while, and it’ll take months (maybe years) to for people to get off their asses and issue them, set up the necessary docks and chargers and wifi hotspots, etc, etc, etc. (Of course, it could all get done in like a week, but that ain’t the County Way–not when making it all happen can justify entire jobs and enough overtime for a thousand trips to the river!)
  3. The department will implement policies, and require people to attend training, on how to use the cams, and acknowledge how they’ll be punished if they forget to turn them on under stress, etc.
  4. The cams will record tons of HD-quality data, which Axon will store in Amazon Web Solutions’ cloud, and the county will pay tens of millions of dollars per year for it. Many recordings (such as with uses of force) will be kept forever.
  5. From an evidentiary and PR perspective, sometimes the cameras will be helpful, sometimes they won’t.

That’s what’s going to happen. So we might as well get on with it.

What we’re really looking forward to is the sheriff and brass having to wear the cams, in all their closed-door meetings, where they talk about things deputies and the public didn’t until now have the ability to know. You know, for transparency, right?

 

 

Congratulations to LASD’s Newest (and Transferred) Sergeants!

Congratulations to LASD’s recently-promoted sergeants, as well as those transferred to greener pastures (or away from drama, contact with the public, or because they couldn’t get there before).

THE FOLLOWING SERGEANT PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS WILL BE EFFECTIVE JULY 29, 2018.

PROMOTIONS:

AIKIN, MARIA, #300275, CENTURY STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION, WILL
PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION
FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

ALVARADO, FRANK, #439109, OPERATION SAFE STREETS BUREAU, DETECTIVE
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO EAST LOS
ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

ALVAREZ, RICHARD F., #437709, EAST LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL
PATROL DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
CENTURY STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

ARCOS, JOANNE M., #464453, INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO EAST LOS ANGELES
STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

BARRAZA, MANUEL, #515383, WEST HOLLYWOOD STATION, NORTH PATROL
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO SOUTH LOS
ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

BERG, GREGORY L., #470638, LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO CARSON STATION, SOUTH
PATROL DIVISION.

BERNAS, JOSEPH M., #453064, PICO RIVERA STATION, SOUTH PATROL
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO EAST LOS
ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

BOTTS, LAURENCE T., #460174, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS BUREAU,
COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND
TRANSFER TO PICO RIVERA STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION.

CECERE, ANDREA D., #507861, TRANSIT SERVICES BUREAU, SPECIAL
OPERATIONS DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

CHRISTY, BRIAN F., #416090, RISK MANAGEMENT BUREAU, PROFESSIONAL
STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND
TRANSFER TO TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

CWIERZ, BYRON R., #506153, INTERNAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU,
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO
SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO SOUTH LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL
PATROL DIVISON.

DELIA, ANTHONY J., #457335, OPERATION SAFE STREETS BUREAU, DETECTIVE
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO LANCASTER
STATION, NORTH PATROL DIVISION.

DENNEY, JOHN H., #520446, DATA SYSTEMS BUREAU, TECHNOLOGY AND
SUPPORT DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
NORWALK STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION.

DOBINE, STACIE M., #483805, ADMINISTRATION, NORTH PATROL DIVISION, WILL
PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION
FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

ESQUEDA, ALFONSO, #460166, LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO COURT SERVICES EAST
BUREAU, COURT SERVICES DIVISION.

ESTRELLA, DANIEL S., #437734, INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO TWIN TOWERS
CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES
DIVISION.

FERGUSON, MATTHEW A., #516523, MARINA DEL REY STATION, CENTRAL
PATROL DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION.

FLEMING, TERRANCE, #507779, TRANSIT SERVICES BUREAU, SPECIAL
OPERATIONS DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
CENTURY STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

GARCIA, RAMON L., #475068, INMATE RECEPTION CENTER, GENERAL
POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT
AND TRANSFER TO MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

GOREE, JOSEPH B., #279517, PITCHESS NORTH FACILITY, GENERAL
POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT
AND TRANSFER TO INMATE RECEPTION CENTER, GENERAL POPULATION,
CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

GREENE, KEITH R., #464259, SANTA CLARITA VALLEY STATION, NORTH PATROL
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO LANCASTER
STATION, NORTH PATROL DIVISION.

HALEY, STERLING G., #509844, CUSTODY INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES, GENERAL
POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT
AND TRANSFER TO MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

HERNANDEZ, DAVID A., #461062, INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO MENS CENTRAL JAIL,
GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

JOHNSON, DESIREE A., #445631, CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY
SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND
TRANSFER TO CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION FACILITY, SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

JONES, DEXTER W., #281480, COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO TWIN
TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

JURADO, GILBERT J., #412075, SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT BUREAU, SPECIAL
OPERATIONS DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
TRANSIT SERVICES BUREAU, SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION.

KNEUBUHLER, ANDRE E., #413784, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS BUREAU,
COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND
TRANSFER TO INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION.

LANDAVAZO, CHRISTOPHER T., #531000, CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION
FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL
PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL
POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

LENNIG, MICHAEL J., #455208, COMPTON STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO EAST LOS ANGELES
STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

MACPHERSON, TROY M., #431970, DATA SYSTEMS BUREAU, TECHNOLOGY
AND SUPPORT DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

MARCHELLO, RONALD L., #406883, NARCOTICS BUREAU, DETECTIVE DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO MENS CENTRAL JAIL,
GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

MINASSIAN, VARAND V., #460242, WEST HOLLYWOOD STATION, NORTH
PATROL DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO TWIN
TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

MOLINA, ROCIO E., #468188, COURT SERVICES TRANSPORTATION BUREAU,
COURT SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
SOUTH LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

MORENO, RUSSELL R., #434633, COURT SERVICES CENTRAL BUREAU, COURT
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO COURT
SERVICES EAST BUREAU, COURT SERVICES DIVISION.

NAFISSI, AFSOON, #515186, ADMINISTRATION, SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO TWIN TOWERS
CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES
DIVISION.

NAKAMURA, TIMMY J., #452998, INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO COUNTY SERVICES
BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

OGUNJUMO, OLUWASANMI O., #506662, COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU,
COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND
TRANSFER TO ALTADENA STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION.

PINEDO JR., LUIS H., #472745, PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION BUREAU,
EXECUTIVE DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

PRIVETERA, CLIFFORD S., #434089, CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY
SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND
TRANSFER TO MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

RODRIGUEZ, JASON O., #532460, SAN DIMAS STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO SOUTH LOS ANGELES
STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

RODRIGUEZ, SARA E., #522140, SHERIFFS INFORMATION BUREAU, EXECUTIVE
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO EAST LOS
ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

SALAZAR, EDUARDO, #482186, TRANSIT SERVICES BUREAU, SPECIAL
OPERATIONS DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

SANCHEZ, CARLOS L., #503650, TRAINING BUREAU, PROFESSIONAL
STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND
TRANSFER TO PICO RIVERA STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION.

SANCHEZ, EDWARDO, #506210, EAST LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL
PATROL DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO
LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION.

SAUCEDO, CLAUDIA, #510710, PICO RIVERA STATION, SOUTH PATROL
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO EAST LOS
ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

SCHRIEVER, LEE M., #484625, LANCASTER STATION, NORTH PATROL DIVISION,
WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND REMAIN.

SCOTT, CHRISTIAN T., #451382, LANCASTER STATION, NORTH PATROL
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO PALMDALE
STATION, NORTH PATROL DIVISION.

SHACKELFORD, MATTHEW D., #455393, TRAINING BUREAU, PROFESSIONAL
STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND
TRANSFER TO INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION.

STOSIC, JEFFREY M., #238084, COURT SERVICES WEST BUREAU, COURT
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO TWIN
TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

THARPE, JOSEPH M., #473597, NORTH COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO
SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

TORRES, TINA M., #252340, CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO
SERGEANT AND REMAIN.

VASQUEZ, LEONARDO, #489823, SOUTH LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL
PATROL DIVISON, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO COUNTY
SERVICES BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

VAVAKIN, NIKOLAI, #533808, OPERATION SAFE STREETS BUREAU, DETECTIVE
DIVISION, WILL PROMOTE TO SERGEANT AND TRANSFER TO COMPTON
STATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

TRANSFERS:

ADAMS JR., CARL E., #484620, MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION,
CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO CUSTODY TRAINING
BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

ALLEN, MARK E., #517771, CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES
ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER TO CENTURY REGIONAL
DETENTION FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES
DIVISION.

ALMONTE, MARK A., #410844, CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY
SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER TO CENTURY
REGIONAL DETENTION FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

ANDERSON, THOMAS M., #460252, EMERGENCY OPERATIONS BUREAU,
SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO WALNUT STATION, EAST
PATROL DIVISION.

ANDREWS III, JAMES C., #420200, TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

BARRAZA, MIKE A., #527686, SOUTH LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL
DIVISON, WILL TRANSFER TO COURT SERVICES TRANSPORTATION BUREAU
COURT SERVICES DIVISION.

BARTLETT, PAUL R., #459568, LANCASTER STATION, NORTH PATROL DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO ADMINISTRATION, NORTH PATROL DIVISION.

BECERRA, ANGELA, #428352, WALNUT STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION, WILL
TRANSFER TO INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION.

BERGO, CHRISTOPHER K., #442295, LANCASTER STATION, NORTH PATROL
DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO INTERNAL AFFAIRS BUREAU, PROFESSIONAL
STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION.

BLANCHFIELD-GADUT, PATRICK V., #462013, ALTADENA STATION, EAST
PATROL DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO SAN DIMAS STATION, EAST PATROL
DIVISION.

BRADLEY, ANDREA M., #400730 NARCOTICS BUREAU, DETECTIVE DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO ADMINISTRATION, DETECTIVE DIVISION.

BRYANT, THOMAS W., #516507, TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

CARDELLA, PAUL, #432010, EAST LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL
DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO HOMICIDE BUREAU, DETECTIVE DIVISION.

CASTILLO, ROMAN L., #288261, COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUREAU,
COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

CHADWICK, GEOFFREY N., #449700, CONTRACT LAW ENFORCEMENT BUREAU,
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO ADMINISTRATION,
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION.

CONGER, THOMAS L., #471334, COURT SERVICES EAST BUREAU, COURT
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO COMMUNICATIONS AND FLEET
MANAGEMENT BUREAU, TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPORT DIVISION.

CORTEZ, RODOLFO G., #241277, ADMINISTRATION, TECHNOLOGY AND
SUPPORT DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
BUREAU, EXECUTIVE DIVISION.

COTTER, WILLIAM E., #218494, HOMICIDE BUREAU, DETECTIVE DIVISION, WILL
TRANSFER TO SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT BUREAU, SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION.

COTTO, DEBORAH A., #274622, CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
FISCAL ADMINISTRATION, ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION.

COVARRUBIAS, JOE A., #471245, MALIBU / LOST HILLS STATION, NORTH
PATROL DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO BUREAU OF LABOR RELATIONS AND
COMPLIANCE, ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION.

DAVIS-LINTON, KRYSTAL R., #516331, SOUTH LOS ANGELES STATION,
CENTRAL PATROL DIVISON, WILL TRANSFER TO COURT SERVICES CENTRAL
BUREAU, COURT SERVICES DIVISION.

DE BELLA, MARY, #489616, CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
ACCESS TO CARE BUREAU, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

DUONG, TOAN V., #464471, TEMPLE STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION, WILL
TRANSFER TO ADMINISTRATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION.

EMCH, ANDREW W., #471253, CUSTODY COMPLIANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER
TO CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

GARCIA, JOSE J., #280681, CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES
ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER TO TRAINING BUREAU,
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION.

HANAMAIKAI, NIKKI K., #432952, TRANSIT SERVICES BUREAU, SPECIAL
OPERATIONS DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO EAST LOS ANGELES STATION,
CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

HANSON, BRETT A., #428366, CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY
SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER TO PITCHESS NORTH
FACILITY, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

HAYES, LEONARD R., #448612, TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

HICKS, KELLEE C., #465712, TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

KEHOE, BRIAN A., #411360, COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
BUREAU, EXECUTIVE DIVISION.

KENNEDY, WILLIAM C., #402212, INMATE RECEPTION CENTER, GENERAL
POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO NORTH
COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

KHOUNTHAVONG, JOHN, #475354, ACCESS TO CARE BUREAU, SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO TWIN
TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY
SERVICES DIVISION.

KITCHIN II, WILLIAM J., #476845, INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE
SERVICES DIVISION.

LA PIANA, FRANK E., #431980, CUSTODY SUPPORT SERVICES BUREAU,
CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER TO INMATE
SERVICES BUREAU, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

LIO, ALFRED ROMY, #506207, COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO CERRITOS STATION, SOUTH PATROL
DIVISION.

LOERA, RUBEN, #473010, PALMDALE STATION, NORTH PATROL DIVISION, WILL
TRANSFER TO TEMPLE STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION.

LOPEZ, BERNIE R., #443088, EAST LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL
DIVISON, WILL TRANSFER TO SANTA CLARITA VALLEY STATION, NORTH
PATROL DIVISION.

MACIEL, NORMA, #447075, EDUCATION BASED INCARCERATION / INMATE
SERVICES BUREAU, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION FACILITY, SPECIALIZED
PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

MARCHENA, JORGE A., #448828, INTERNAL AFFAIRS BUREAU, PROFESSIONAL
STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO ADMINISTRATION,
COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

MARTINEZ, DANIEL R., #468855, COMPTON STATION, CENTRAL PATROL
DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO ADMINISTRATION, CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION.

MARTINEZ, ERICK F., #514241, PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION BUREAU,
EXECUTIVE DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO CONTRACT LAW ENFORCEMENT
BUREAU, ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION.

MCKELVY, ERMINA L., #413287, CENTURY REGIONAL DETENTION FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
EDUCATION BASED INCARCERATION / INMATE SERVICES BUREAU,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

MILEY, DWIGHT E., #294003, CUSTODY TRAINING BUREAU, CUSTODY
SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER TO COMMUNITY
COLLEGE BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

MORNING, COREY L., #430178, COURT SERVICES CENTRAL BUREAU, COURT
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO COURT SERVICES EAST BUREAU,
COURT SERVICES DIVISION.

NEILL, DAVID V., #428671, MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION,
CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO INMATE SERVICES
BUREAU, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

NORTH, EPP T., #449444, LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION, WILL
TRANSFER TO COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

NORTH, JAMES J., #430315, SOUTH LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL
DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY BUREAU,
EXECUTIVE DIVISION.

PALACIOS, VICTOR M., #415651, MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION,
CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO CUSTODY COMPLIANCE
AND SUSTAINABILITY BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

RAMIREZ, BERTHA, #505181, MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION,
CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO CUSTODY COMPLIANCE
AND SUSTAINABILITY BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

RAMIREZ, MICHAEL, #437728, OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF, EXECUTIVE DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION.

REED, TINA L., #475134, CUSTODY COMPLIANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY BUREAU,
CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER TO
PITCHESS NORTH FACILITY, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

RIOS, JOSE R., #456357, EAST LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL PATROL
DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO COMMUNICATIONS AND FLEET MANAGEMENT
BUREAU, TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPORT DIVISION.

SAENZ, HENRY R., #475302, INDUSTRY STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION, WILL
TRANSFER TO SAN DIMAS STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION.

SALGADO, JOSE, #442445, LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION BUREAU, EXECUTIVE DIVISION.

SALLES, MARK J., #420192, CERRITOS STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION, WILL
TRANSFER TO LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION.

SARABIA MEDINA, IVAN D., #525113, TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

SAUCEDO, JESUS, #439035, CUSTODY COMPLIANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND, WILL TRANSFER
TO ADMINISTRATION, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION.

SERRANO JR., LOUIS, #465560, SAN DIMAS STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION BUREAU, EXECUTIVE DIVISION.

SHROUT, STEPHANIE M., #484677, INTERNAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
BUREAU, PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION, WILL
TRANSFER TO HOMICIDE BUREAU, DETECTIVE DIVISION.

SMITH, RONALD J., #403825, TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
CUSTODY SUPPORT SERVICES BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES
ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

SMITH, TERRENCE T., #266432, SAN DIMAS STATION, EAST PATROL DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO DATA SYSTEMS BUREAU, TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPORT DIVISION.

SNEED, JONATHAN M., #524073, TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO
CUSTODY COMPLIANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES
ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

STANGELAND, DENNIS S., #402017, COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO EMERGENCY OPERATIONS BUREAU,
SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION.

STONE, MARK H., #247992, COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE
SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO FISCAL ADMINISTRATION,
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION.

SUAREZ, GEORGE A., #444383, TRAINING BUREAU, PROFESSIONAL
STANDARDS AND TRAINING DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO COMMUNITY
PARTNERSHIPS BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

TAYLOR, MAT A., #464457, LAKEWOOD STATION, SOUTH PATROL DIVISION,
WILL TRANSFER TO COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU, COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

THORN, NICHOLAS A., #457287, EAST LOS ANGELES STATION, CENTRAL
PATROL DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO COUNTY SERVICES BUREAU,
COUNTYWIDE SERVICES DIVISION.

TOYOS, ALEXANDER, #512480, MENS CENTRAL JAIL, GENERAL POPULATION,
CUSTODY SERVICES DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO CUSTODY TRAINING
BUREAU, CUSTODY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMMAND.

TROJANOWSKI, JOHN M., #517169, BUREAU OF LABOR RELATIONS AND
COMPLIANCE, EXECUTIVE DIVISION, WILL TRANSFER TO ADMINISTRATION,
SPECIAL OPERATIONS

LA Times Puts Spotlight on Station Tattoo

The LA Times is out with a story yesterday that deputies at Compton Station have been getting a common tattoo. But things only get more complicated from here. We’ll try to break it down for you…

Why Does This Matter?
This is scandalous news because there have been credible allegations in recent years that deputy sheriffs were getting matching tattoos, similar to the way gang members do. It doesn’t look good.

So, Is That What’s Happening?
No. Though that may have happened before, it’s not what’s happening now. Actually, many (most?) sheriff stations have tattoos. Hell, Cerritos Station has a tattoo; Altadena, too (maybe a grizzly bear with devil horns and a grim reaper’s scythe?). Good money says Avalon has one of a shark.

Wasn’t Jim McDonnell Elected To Clean Up All This?
Yes–but that was four years ago.

Why Has McDonnell Been So Ineffectual?
Because he doesn’t really understand LASD and isn’t respected by those who do. He’s perceived as an LAPD transplant, just wearing a costume. He has said himself that being sheriff is like being a CEO: anybody with a long resume could step in and lead it, he said in 2014. And the people within the organization have said, “Nah. You’re not one of us. We can wait you out.”

I Don’t Like Tattoos And I Want McDonnell To Get Rid of Them

Too bad. They are constitutionally protected speech, though LASD has had policies for years that they must be covered up when on duty. The only way to get rid of them would be for the deputies to agree, which would require a leader they respected…who probably won’t pursue such a goal in the first place.

Did Captain Thatcher of Compton Station Know About This?
Did Captain Thatcher know that 20-30 of his top performing deputies had a common tattoo on their ankle for at least the past two years? If he didn’t, he must not have known much about what was going on at his station…

So, What Are These Tattoos About?
Station tattoos are a sign that you have been accepted into the club (of the deputies who are established and most respected at a particular station). They typically come after years of hard work, of doing your job and working extra hours and training the next generation, of many days/nights chasing evil and living to not-boast about it… They are a brand that this station stands for something and that you live up to that. Tattoos like this have existed in law enforcement and the military for probably hundreds of years…

Couldn’t Wanting A Tattoo (To Be Accepted) Cause A Deputy To Engage in Wrongdoing?
Yes. That’s why leadership is so important.

Mmmmm… Sorta Sounds Like A Gang To Me, Though…
Nah, it’s more about machismo and enforcing standards/tradition at the local/station level in the face of the department (like any bureaucracy) tolerating poor performance overall. There was some gang-like stuff going on about 10 years ago where deputies guarding the 2000 floor at Men’s Central Jail ran a clique called “The 2000 Boys” and flashed hand signs to each other, which is pretty gang-like behavior…but that’s really just immaturity.

Humans are tribal and the giving and sporting of tattoos is a way people within a large, paramilitary organization can represent what is important to them. While being a deputy is hugely important to almost all deputies and a major part of their identity, being a “Lennox deputy” or a “Century deputy” or a “Lakewood deputy” or a “Compton deputy” or “Palmdale deputy” can often be just as important, because many stations have standards they want to uphold (or wish they did).

Sheriff Baca tried to get rid of station tattoos, wanting “one LASD”. He failed.

Soon after entering office, McDonnell tried something similar, but changing stations’ decades-old logos. An rebellion soon followed. When he stepped on that landmine (laid for him by his advisers), his honeymoon and credibility with deputies who had previously given him the benefit of the doubt, was effectively over.

Everybody stands for something. Unless you stand for nothing. Station tattoos are a way of saying, “This place has a standard and my peers determined that I met it.”

Who’s Really Opposed To These Things?
Good, decent citizens who don’t live in this world and don’t get it. Also, deputies who weren’t very good (or were political climbers) and weren’t respected by their peers, particularly the Alphas that tend to emerge in each station.

Isn’t This All Pretty Immature?
In law enforcement, on the street, you often place your life in someone else’s hands. You ask them to place theirs in yours. You don’t do that in an office. The tattoos are a way of saying, “You make the grade” … and giving those who didn’t something to strive for.

The reality is that many cops at many stations aren’t hard-chargers. Many cops aren’t the ones you’d want responding if your life was in danger, or who have any business stopping that stolen vehicle full of tweaked-out gangsters and guns. It’s a pretty small group of deputies who you want doing that…and tattoos are one way they identify each other.

So, What’s A Station Tattoo? And What’s A Clique?
The Sheriff’s Department has many station tattoos–and wearing one is protected by the First Amendment (just like writing this news site is). But the Department has also had cliques: unofficial clubs that were invitation-only. The Vikings (at the former Lynwood Station, whose patrol area is now covered by Century Station)–the one that a federal judge once said was a neo-Nazi like, white supremacist organization (though probably half its members were Hispanic). The Jump Out Boys. The Bandidos in East LA. The Buffalo Soldiers (whose members are black, and may or may not include the current Undersheriff).

Hold The Phone. You’re Saying Recently-Promoted, Senior Department Leaders May Be Members of Deputy Cliques? Even A Race-Based One?
That’s what we’re saying.

Cliques Sound Pretty Bad. But Who Else Has A Station Tattoo?
Oh. Lots of people.

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ALADS President Ron Hernandez Sporting His Firestone Station Tattoo. Firestone closed in 1993. This Photo From 2014 Was Found On McDonnell’s Campaign Facebook Page.

Your LASD Weekend Update

It was an action-packed weekend in LASD.News and we’ve got the highlights just for you!

 

IN ELECTION NEWS…

The Daily News Explained Bob Lindsey and Alex Villanueva’s Case Against Jim McDonnell

The Los Angeles Daily News (which is actually part of the 11 newspaper Southern California News Group) ran a story about the sheriff race on Sunday mainly focusing on how Bob Lindsey and Alex Villanueva will do a better job than the incumbent. You can check that story out by clicking here. But here’s an excerpt:

“Robert ‘Bob’ Lindsey, a retired sheriff’s commander who lives in the San Gabriel Valley, and Alex Villanueva, a retired lieutenant who lives in La Habra Heights, vow to improve morale in the nation’s largest sheriff’s agency and say they are better equipped to usher in needed reforms,” reporter Brenda Gazzar began.

She added, “Lindsey, who retired in 2011, notes that the department’s violent crime rate has risen under the sheriff’s tenure. Incidents of violent crime rose about 9 percent from 2015 to 2017, according to Sheriff’s Department statistics. While Lindsey believes some of that is likely due to a state realignment law, he said ‘there are a lot of issues causing crime from inside the department and a lack of leadership.’”

Southern California Public Radio also did a piece on Lindsey and Villanueva’s challenge to McDonnell. It’s pretty meh but you can check it out here.

The LA Times On How Lindsey Has Out-Fundraised McDonnell

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The LA Times also ran an article this weekend on Jim McDonnell’s surprising vulnerability to the challenge posed by Bob Lindsey and Alex Villanueva and particularly focusing on how Lindsey has out fundraised McDonnell.

“Once you’re sheriff, you’re sheriff for life, or so the thinking goes about an elected position that often receives scant voter scrutiny,” Maya Lau’s article began. “Two challengers to Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell in Tuesday’s primary election want to break that tradition, arguing that crime is up, deputy morale is dangerously low, and McDonnell, an outsider who had never worn the tan-and-green uniform, has mismanaged the department.”

You can find Ms. Lau’s article here.

And Speaking Of of Money, Jim McDonnell Spent $60,000 To Wallpaper The Los Angeles Times

You may recall we reported a week ago that Sheriff McDonnell had paid the Los Angeles Times $60,000, which we assumed would be for a wrap of today’s Sunday paper. Which is what exactly what happened. Here’s what it looked like:

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We Honestly Have No Idea What Candidate McDonnell Did This Weekend

Because there’s nothing about his activities on his campaign Facebook (which he launched a week ago). But what we can see is that he continues to campaign using your tax dollars (the comments are amazing).

Bob Lindsey Took To The Skies

While McDonnell wrapped the LA Times in four year old photos and quotes taken out of context from perhaps the least enthusiastic endorsement in its history, the Bob Lindsey Air Force took flight to promote his candidacy for about eight hours up-and-down the coast from Malibu to the Marina. Apparently his website got so many hits (reportedly 2,500 per hour) they thought it was under attack, but it turned out they were probably just hits from people packing the beaches.

Alex Villanueva Went To A Bernie Sanders Speech

Retired Lieutenant Alex Villanueva, whose campaign has 464 Facebook friends, went to a speech Bernie Sanders was giving in LA on Saturday.

Bob Lindsey Was On KFI

Lindsey joined host Bryan Suits on Sunday night for a 6-7 minute interview. In case you missed it, you can catch up here (starting about 9 minutes in):

The Malibu Times Endorsed McDonnell

The Malibu Times endorsed Sheriff McDonnell for a second term because they say he’s doing “outstanding”. Which does awkwardly put them into conflict with the Los Angeles Times which said he was a total disappointment (but endorsed him anyway). Unless this is the kind of policing the Malibu Times is going for…?

AND IN NOT-ELECTION NEWS…

Illegal Marijuana Grows

Though recreational marijuana may now be legal in California, it (and taxation of marijuana) has not stopped the expansion of illegal marijuana grows in our state and county wilderness areas. LASD’s own Narcotics Bureau actually does have a team that tackles these grows, as do agencies across the state. In addition to being criminal (and often operated by Mexican cartels), these grows result in significant environmental damage, including through the use of dangerous chemicals (rat poison, etc.), through diverting of scarce water supplies to irrigate the marijuana, and through the dumping of tons of hazardous garbage in nature. The San Francisco Chronicle has more on the problem here.

Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

And in other illegal marijuana news, we saw a promo over the weekend that Fox 11 is going to run an investigative story Monday night on the number illegal and unsafe marijuana dispensaries operating unchecked within Sheriff’s Department patrol areas. We’ll post the story when we see it.

Three Suspects Arrested After Body Found

And finally, a week ago now (but we’re just seeing the news), deputies from San Dimas Station responded to a disturbance call. Apparently they found a bunch of blood at a house but no body. Then, two days later, a body was found in Azusa Canyon. Three suspects were arrested. Clearly, there’s quite a bit missing from this story and the LA Times has a bit (but not much) more on the story here.

 

LASD News Updates for Friday

THANK YOU to everyone caring enough about the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to check us out over the past few months. May was our biggest month yet, with 55,316 visits from 21,451 people during the month. With over 130 articles published to date (about 124 more than the LA Times published in the same period), we aren’t doing this for the glory or the money (and we only made about $20 off our ads). We’re doing it because we love our Sheriff’s Department and hate to see what has become of it. So we thank you for caring, too, and for keeping us going.

We don’t have any bombshell stories for you (yet) today–but STAND BY. There are a few COMING SOON. Until then, here are a few straight new stories to kick off your Friday.

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The June 5 primary election for sheriff (and everything else) is just four days away.

The LA City Attorney is launching a crackdown on illegal [cartel] pot shops in Los Angeles. Huh. Maybe someone should look at the county areas?

LASD released a phone app Friday morning. Though it comes about 10 years after the app craze began and current functionality seems about the same as what you’d do on the department’s website, it does look pretty slick at first glance. LASD.News will spend more time checking it out and post a review soon.

Bob Lindsey was endorsed by the Los Angeles Superior Court Clerks and Paralegals (Union Local 575).

Outgoing sheriff McDonnell pimped-out an entire academy class to his political campaign like a G on the Boulevard in this five minute infomercial which ran yesterday. McDonnell has a right to campaign. But because he failed to start two years ago and is panicking now, he’s obviously and corruptly using taxpayer dollars and departmental resources to campaign. He and his media handlers would have been told by reporter Frank Stoltze that the piece was about his campaign and yet McDonnell acted in an official capacity. Sure, politicians do this stuff all the time but McDonnell was supposed to be different.

The Board of Supervisors discussed a bunch of the Sheriff’s Department’s failures on Thursday, including Sheriff McDonnell’s continued disregard for the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

LASD.News continues to get reports of news reporters and private citizens whose requests for public records from LASD are being blocked until after the election. Channel 2, Channel 5, Channel 7, newspapers, and regular people, all getting sandbagged. This is a clear case of (again) using public resources for political purposes. No transparency. The LA Times is suing Sheriff McDonnell for exactly this. And yet still they endorsed. Pathetic.

Milt Olin, 65, was accidentally run over and killed by an LASD deputy in 2013 while cycling in Lost Hills’ area. The deputy said he was distracted by his in-car computer and the county settled the case this week for $12 million. Olin’s family is now demanding the District Attorney re-investigate the case, alleging evidence has also come forward that the deputy was texting when the incident occurred.

LASD personnel have complained about the denial of medical care, slow and shoddy care from York health care for years.  The Professional Peace Officers Association–the better of LASD’s two main unions–is “deeply concerned with the number of complaints about York” and compiling a list of problems people have had with the company. If you have had  bad experience with York, please contact Brian Moriguchi (bmoriguchi@ppoa.com) with specifics–including dates, times and copies of letters which would make your experience irrefutable.