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RESPONSE TO THE COC MOTION CALLING FOR SHERIFF VILLANUEVA’S RESIGNATION 800 170 SIB Staff

RESPONSE TO THE COC MOTION CALLING FOR SHERIFF VILLANUEVA’S RESIGNATION

RESPONSE TO THE COC MOTION CALLING FOR SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA’S RESIGNATION

September 17, 2020

The Sheriff’s Department received word that several members of the Civilian Oversight Commission are calling for the resignation of the sheriff, who is an elected public servant.  The fact this motion is even being considered, particularly when two members of our department are recovering from a life-threatening ambush, is morally repugnant and emblematic of the political animosity of the politically-appointed commission.

It is becoming painfully obvious this commission is acting in retaliation against the sheriff for his efforts in investigating potential criminal conduct from county officials and for challenging the legality of subpoenaing the sheriff himself versus the LASD.  The sheriff will remain focused on serving the residents of Los Angeles County as he leads the department in investigating the ambush, overseeing the response to the Bobcat Fire evacuations, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’s impact to the jail system. 

Emotional Falcon family speaking to press
LASD announces Reward in La Puente Shooting 900 742 SIB Staff

LASD announces Reward in La Puente Shooting

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives to Announce $20,000 Reward in La Puente Shooting Death of Ten-Year-Old Boy

During a press conference at the Homicide Bureau offices, investigators and family members made a public plea for information about the murder Enrique Sebastian Falcon, a ten-year-old victim shot to death in front of his family.

At 9:15 P.M. on Sunday, May 17, 2020, the little boy known by his middle name, was a passenger in the back seat of a car, travelling through La Puente with his mother and her boyfriend.  As they drove southbound on Hacienda Boulevard, a black sedan pulled alongside their vehicle and the boyfriend alerted the occupants to turn on their headlights.  Both vehicles continued southbound on Hacienda Boulevard.  As the two vehicles approached the intersection with Amar Road, a male inside the other vehicle fired one round from a handgun at Sebastian’s vehicle.  Sebastian was struck one time on the right side of his torso.

Sebastian’s mother called 9-1-1, and deputies assigned to Industry Sheriff’s Station responded to their location.  Deputies administered life-saving measures to the little one while they drove him with lights and sirens in a patrol vehicle to the nearest hospital.  Despite their efforts to save his life, Sebastian succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital later that night.

The suspect vehicle fled the area in an unknown direction.  The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, bald, between 20 and 25 years of age.

Homicide detectives announced a cash reward for $20,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for taking Sebastian’s life.  The reward was secured by the city of La Puente, and the Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis’ Office.

Detectives and Sebastian’s family spoke at the event and asked for the public’s assistance to bring the perpetrators of this senseless crime to justice.  Sebastian’s mother, Adriana, held one of her son’s favorite toys as she faced media.  She said they missed him and asked for justice. 

If you have information about the suspect, suspect’s vehicle or this investigation, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. 

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives Announce $20,000 Reward in La Puente Shooting Death of Ten-Year-Old Boy

During a press conference at the Homicide Bureau offices, investigators and family members made a public plea for information about the murder Enrique Sebastian Falcon, a ten-year-old victim shot to death in front of his family.At 9:15 P.M. on Sunday, May 17, 2020, the little boy known by his middle name, was a passenger in the back seat of a car, travelling through La Puente with his mother and her boyfriend. As they drove southbound on Hacienda Boulevard, a black sedan pulled alongside their vehicle and the boyfriend alerted the occupants to turn on their headlights. Both vehicles continued southbound on Hacienda Boulevard. As the two vehicles approached the intersection with Amar Road, a male inside the other vehicle fired one round from a handgun at Sebastian’s vehicle. To read more and learn about the reward offer, click: https://lasd.org/lasd-announces-reward-in-la-puente-shooting/

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Ambush Shooting of 2 lasd Deputies in Compton 791 1024 SIB Staff

Ambush Shooting of 2 lasd Deputies in Compton

$100K REWARD OFFER in Manhunt for Suspect in Ambush Shooting of 2 LA Sheriff’s Deputies inCompton

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting of two LASD deputies. The incident was reported Saturday, September 12, 2020, at approximately 6:58 p.m., at the MLK Transit Center in Compton.

A lone gunman ambushed two of our deputies. The suspect approached the vehicle from behind and fired several rounds from his firearm at the deputies, striking them. The deputies sustained critical injuries.

The suspect is described as a male Black 28-30 years-old, wearing dark clothing.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has authorized a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

There is no additional information available at this time. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org 

Press Conference: Sheriff Villanueva Discusses Ambush Shooting of Two Deputies in Compton

Sheriff Villanueva preliminarily discusses the circumstances surrounding an incident in which two deputies were ambushed and shot while seated inside of their patrol vehicle. The incident occurred today, around 7:00 P.M., at the Compton Blue Line Pax. Both deputies were transported to a local hospital in critical condition and are currently undergoing surgery. At least one suspect fled the scene and is still outstanding.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Saturday, September 12, 2020
INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS NOT EXCLUDED FROM AUTOPSY 680 380 SIB Staff

INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS NOT EXCLUDED FROM AUTOPSY

INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS NOT EXCLUDED FROM AUTOPSY, HE FAILED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS AND IS LOOKING TO BLAME OTHERS
September 4, 2020

On September 3, 2020, Mr. Huntsman claimed on a Twitter post, “The Sheriff’s Department had gone
ahead, down to the autopsy, had it scheduled and been present without telling us.”


Unfortunately, and yet once again, the inspector general has added to his long history of selectively
omitting facts which are unfavorable to his position. In line with his well-established pattern of
disinformation, he continues to sow the seeds of division between law enforcement and the community.


In this most recent example, he has attempted to distort reality in order to make excuses to the Board
of Supervisors and the Civilian Oversight Commission for his own administrative incompetence in
failing to make provisions for his attendance at the autopsy of Mr. Dijon Kizzee.


As is the standard operational procedure, the Los Angeles County Department of the Medical
Examiner-Coroner (DME) scheduled the date and time for this autopsy. The DME is in full and
complete control of the entire process, as has always been the case and common sense would dictate.
Homicide investigators were given a two-hour notice of the scheduled procedure and attended the
autopsy as a component of the on-going criminal investigation.


Permission to be present at an autopsy is granted, and notice is made, by DME, not the investigative
agency. The LASD does not “include” or “exclude” anyone from the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s
autopsy. It is not under our authority or control to do so.


Mr. Huntsman’s recent statements are disingenuous and seriously bring into question his intellectual
honesty, as he is well aware of the standard protocol. He was present for the autopsy of Mr. Andres
Guardado and arranged his own notification for attendance through DME, as is appropriate and
expected. His attendance was not arranged through the LASD. If he intended to attend this autopsy,
he should have followed the same procedure he did previously.


Mr. Huntsman’s most recent statements are simply the latest installment in his pattern of
unsubstantiated and inflammatory remarks designed to bring discredit to, and unfairly harm, the
Department. Mr. Huntsman needs to accept responsibility for his lack of preparation and apologize for
trying to blame others for his blunders.


Our Department wants to be a partner in fair oversight, but this is not occurring with the current
inspector general.


Sheriff Alex Villanueva

WAS THE CEO GIVEN A $1.5M GOLDEN HANDSHAKE 680 380 SIB Staff

WAS THE CEO GIVEN A $1.5M GOLDEN HANDSHAKE

WAS THE CEO GIVEN A $1.5M GOLDEN HANDSHAKE?
August 27, 2020

On August 26, 2020, I became aware of a demand letter written on behalf of County of Los Angeles CEO, Sachi Hamai, by her attorney Skip Miller (who also represents the Board of Supervisors in multiple ongoing matters). The anonymous letter outlined a proposed settlement in the amount of $1.5 million to be paid to Sachi Hamai upon her departure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The reason for the settlement was described as “combat pay” resulting from a valid and legitimate policy disagreement during a department head conference call with more than 40 other people listening. As described, this act constituted the appearance of a possible “gift of public funds.” This, compounded with the optics of corruption created from the process allegedly occurring behind closed doors and outside of the public eye, compelled me to immediately forward the information to the appropriate oversight entities.


Every taxpayer in Los Angeles County should be infuriated upon hearing the CEO is getting $1.5M handed to her and demand the following questions be answered:


• How is it not a conflict of interest for County contract attorney Skip Miller to have represented both the CEO and the Board in the same transaction?
•Was an initial complaint ever filed by the CEO putting the Board on notice of this alleged “hostile work environment?” Were the proper channels followed for reporting and investigation? What was the outcome of the investigation?
•Was an actual “Claim for Damages” ever filled by the CEO?
•Was an actual lawsuit ever filed by the CEO?
•Over the last 30 years, how many $1.5M+ settlements were awarded by the Board, based on an unproven allegation and zero litigation or Court action?
•Some would describe this as a backdoor way to give someone a “golden handshake” after they leave their position. Has this ever happened for other similar allegations? What proof exists to justify $1.5M?
•In addition to the $1.5M, the CEO has also demanded to receive full-time security for the next few years; how much will this cost taxpayers and what does that entail?


This news comes during a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other County Departments are facing major budget cuts that will result in huge layoffs.


I have vocally opposed the CEO’s actions because she has underfunded our budget, defunded our Department, and is presently recommending the layoff of 745 public safety employees. Yet I am rejecting the CEO’s plan, as I know there are other options which do not result in layoffs. As Sheriff, I was elected to fight for what is right, not for what is politically favorable.


Our Department is currently dealing with managing a catastrophic budget reduction and may face future layoffs. This is being done while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, fires throughout LA County, an increased murder rate, and on-going civil unrest.


Settling CEO Hamai’s allegations without a legitimate inquiry, bypassing standard procedure, gives the appearance of an illegal gift of public funds. A possible gift for someone who last year earned $684,704 in salary and benefits. A possible gift for someone whose early retirement is occurring far before the optimal retirement age.


The County should have allowed CEO Hamai’s case to run its course in a court of law, in order for the public to have learned about the facts of the case, just like they have in the past and will continue to do so in the future.


This appears to be a gross mismanagement of tax payer dollars during a pandemic where millions of Southern Californians are struggling to pay their rent, keep their healthcare insurance, maintain a job, and more importantly survive the COVID-19 pandemic. We should be working together to find ways to better serve the citizens of Los Angeles County and not allowing cuts to law enforcement that will damage the service and security to the citizens for years to come.


Sheriff Alex Villanueva


SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EVICTIONS PROTOCOL 680 380 SIB Staff

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EVICTIONS PROTOCOL

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EVICTIONS PROTOCOL DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC August 19, 2020

As Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I am responsible for public safety while enforcing the laws of this state.  Effective March 4, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom issued both an Eviction Moratorium for individuals financially affected by this pandemic as well as a Stay at Home Order for all but essential workers.  As such, the Sheriff’s Department temporarily suspended serving all evictions, so as not to displace people while the Stay at Home Order was in place.

In May 2020, Governor Newsom began to ease stay at home restrictions throughout the state.  Now that the Stay at Home Order has ended and has not been re-instated, we are moving forward with the enforcement of evictions issued prior to the COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium.

Currently, the Sheriff’s Department is only serving evictions that were ordered by the court prior to March 4, 2020.  The Sheriff’s Department will not be serving any COVID-19 related evictions absent an ex-parte order.  In the near future, I plan to meet with Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile to discuss evictions.  This issue is of grave concern to me because we must balance the enforcement of orders of the court without contributing to the spread of the COVID-19 virus through increased homelessness.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Sheriff Announces Permanent Ban on ICE Transfers 680 380 SIB Staff

Sheriff Announces Permanent Ban on ICE Transfers

Sheriff Announces Permanent Ban on ICE Transfers

There is no greater threat to public safety than a million undocumented immigrants who are afraid to report crime, out of fear of deportation and having their families torn apart. As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I am responsible for everyone’s public safety, regardless of immigration status. I will not allow an entire segment of the population to be afraid to report crimes to law enforcement and be forced, again, back into the shadows.

On April 24, 2020, I placed a moratorium on transfers of qualified inmates from the nation’s largest jail system to ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic. After learning of the pending litigation regarding the conditions in the Adelanto/ICE detention facility and allegations of similar conditions at other ICE facilities, the moratorium will now be permanent and we will no longer transfer individuals to the custody of ICE based solely on a civil immigration detainer. In so doing, we have created a bright line between federal immigration enforcement and local law enforcement in the most populous County in the nation.

This permanent ban was preceded by my categorical rejection of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) grant that essentially sold our undocumented inmate data base information for federal funds. This morally indefensible program netted $122 million dollars for Los Angeles County from 2005 to 2018, at the expense of our immigrant community.

We will encourage ICE to use the constitutionally sound judicial warrant system, used by all other law enforcement agencies in the nation, to effect legal transfers from Los Angeles County to federal custody. The Sheriff’s Department will also continue its work with the District Attorney’s Office by providing the required assurances requested by ICE to ensure that those who have fled to other countries to avoid prosecution will return and stand trial. Violent criminals who prey on our law-abiding communities should be held fully accountable.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva infront of media giving a conference
Sheriff Villanueva – Year in Office 900 472 SIB Staff

Sheriff Villanueva – Year in Office

Sheriff Villanueva’s Year in Office Video

Sheriff Villanueva outlines his achievements over the last 1 1/2 years in fulfilling campaign vow to reform, rebuild and restore #LASD.  “I look forward to us continuing to achieve our collective goals,” said Sheriff Villanueva.                                 

Watch the commemorative video here:

Fake warrant calls from unknown person 900 900 SIB Staff

Fake warrant calls from unknown person

Fake warrant calls from unknown person

“Hello, there is a warrant issued for your arrest!”

On Friday, July 17th, 2020, one of our deputies from the San Dimas Sheriff’s station was called out to take a “Fraud by False Pretenses” report. See, the victim received a phone call from an unknown person and number indicating he was a “Drug Investigator.” This so called Drug Investigator told the victim she had “warrants for her arrest” and there was fraudulent activity with her social security number which she needed to rectify immediately. Thankfully the victim did not believe him, but the unknown caller then asked her if she would feel more comfortable speaking with someone from the San Dimas Sheriff’s station.

To her dismay, a second person called her and identified himself as the someone from San Dimas Sheriff’s station. This second person told her to do everything the “Drug Investigator” asked of her. The “Drug Investigator” then called her back and requested gift cards from her. Sadly, this victim fell into their trap and bought gift cards totaling over $4,000 to “pay” for the clearing of the warrants and the fraudulent activity associated with her social security number.

After discussing this with others, the victim realized she had fallen for this scam and was out $4,000.00.

Please know the following: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reminds you that we will never call you about any of the following:

*Monetary requests such as gift cards of any type to pay for “warrants”
*Delivery of such monies via telephone
*COVID relief payments/checks — very common now a days

“Threatening Impersonator Phone calls” are not new but they seem to be more common now especially with COVID related charities.

If you are unsure of who you are speaking with, please ask the caller for their information, hang up and call the specific agency in question. DO NOT GIVE ANY OF YOUR INFORMATION over the phone.

Do your homework and be aware of all the possible scams and those who prey on innocent people!

For more information related to tax scams please visit:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-unveils-dirty-dozen-list-of-tax-scams-for-2020-americans-urged-to-be-vigilant-to-these-threats-during-the-pandemic-and-its-aftermath

Identity Theft, Fraud & scams.
Elder Abuse Awareness Month – Public Education Video 1024 576 SIB Staff

Elder Abuse Awareness Month – Public Education Video

Elder Abuse Awareness Month – Public Education Video

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 2020 as “Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month.”

The importance of acknowledging and recognizing Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse cannot be understated. Throughout the County of Los Angeles, thousands of elder and dependent adults are financially victimized by family members, caretakers, scam artists, and strangers every year. These people who are part of the Greatest Generation is among the most deserving of our protection, care and tradition of service.

In ongoing efforts to protect our Greatest Generation, The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau – Elder Fraud Detail personnel put together a short, educational video for elders, their families, friends, and neighbors to learn what to watch out for and what to do if they know someone who may be a victim of elder abuse.

Victims or informants alleging elder fraud should contact their local sheriff’s station or police agency, or adult protective services agency to report the crime.

Along with this news release is a link to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Public Education video concerning elder abuse.

OTHER PUBLIC REFERENCE MATERIAL:
The Elder Fraud Detail has compiled resources for citizens to reference on this topic:

Project Lifesaver & LA Found
https://lafound.lacounty.gov/
F.A.I.R. Pamphlet (PDF attached)
Adult Protective Services website with online reporting:
https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/adult-protective-services
Federal Trade Commission educational material:
http://www.ftc.gov/PassItOn.com
California Department of Business Oversight:
https://dbo.ca.gov/preventing-and-reporting-elder-financial-abuse/
Or http://www.dbo.ca.gov and search keyword “elder” for additional information
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/recognizing-elder-financial-abuse/
http://www.consumerfinance.gov” www.consumerfinance.gov and search keyword “Elder” for additional information