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PUBLIC CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS

PUBLIC CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS

September 22, 2021

Tomorrow, a local newspaper will release a story about the department’s long overdue creation of a Public Corruption Unit.  The Sheriff’s Department has been conducting public corruption investigations for decades under every single sheriff, but it has never been formalized until recently.  The department has been investigating multiple complaints of public malfeasance since I took office in December of 2018, which is well within the authority of the department consistent with California Government Code Section 25303 and 26600.  As a matter of fact, the California Constitution bestows investigative authority to the Office of the Sheriff as an independently elected official, and who is not subordinate to any other elected official in the county.  This is of particular significance when the community is demanding transparency and accountability from all elected and appointed officials.  No one is above the rule of law.

In the article, the reporter will push the narrative that I created this team to attack my political opponents and their appointees.  This is false.  The sole responsibility of the Sheriff’s Department is to investigate allegations of criminal conduct as they are discovered, regardless of how inconvenient it may be to the subject of the investigation.  The unit is supervised by the Undersheriff, and I have recused myself from all decision making to avoid any potential conflict of interest.  The department routinely seeks out the opinion of the District Attorney, the State Attorney General’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to decide jurisdictional issues and appropriate prosecutorial venues on all cases. 

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Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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RUMORS OF MANDATORY COVID VACCINATIONS UNDER THE THREAT OF DISCIPLINE

RUMORS OF MANDATORY COVID VACCINATIONS UNDER THE THREAT OF DISCIPLINE

August 25, 2021

Personally, I have received the COVID vaccination, and I encourage others to become vaccinated.  I also respect the individual rights of others to make decisions about their own bodies.  Considering recent countywide directives being discussed related to mandatory vaccinations, under the threat of discipline or termination, I must state my belief this is a labor issue which must be worked out between the unions and the County Board of Supervisors.

As this issue is worked out by all involved parties, I want to reassure Department personnel NO ACTION will be imposed prior to completion of the meet and consult process.

Once this issue has been through the entire legal process, if there were ever policies regarding vaccination status which could result in discipline, the implementation of such policies would start from the top of the executive staff down.  I look forward to seeing this issue resolved in a manner consistent with labor laws, the Constitution of the State of California, and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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REQUEST FOR STATE OF EMERGENCY REGARDING THE HOMELESS CRISIS

REQUEST FOR STATE OF EMERGENCY REGARDING THE HOMELESS CRISIS AND REFUSAL BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO RESPOND

August 2, 2021

On June 23, 2021, I sent the Board of Supervisors a letter outlining the severity of the homeless crisis and requesting a local state of emergency be declared.  

Sheriff’s Response Letter July 23, 2021 – PDF

On JuOn June 28, 2021, I received a letter from County Counsel (Rodrigo A. Castro-Silva), which was generic, downplayed the issue, and contained no response from the Board of Supervisors.

County Councel Response Letter – July 23, 2021 – PDF

On July 28, 2021, I sent the Board of Supervisors another letter which stated in part the “robust services” being provided are not working.  I asked the Board of Supervisors to directly respond to the issue, rather than County Counsel.  I further stated, “Despite whatever dissagreements you may have with me, we must unite together on this important topic to save lives.”  Additionally, “If I do not receive a response, I will assume County Counsel’s response is the position you are taking in the matter, and I intend on making the June 28, 2021, correspondence public.”

Sheriff’s Response Letter July 28, 2021 – PDF

On July 30, 2021, I receivedOn July 30, 2021, I received another letter from County Counsel (Rodrigo A. Castro-Silva), titled “Inappropriate Disclosure of Priviledged Attorney-Client Communications.”  The letter ended by stating, “the attorney-client privilege may be waived only by the holder of the privilege, which is the Board.”  Yet still no response from the Board.

County Councel Response letter – July 28, 2021 – PDF

II have been a vocal critic of the failures of elected officials in regard to the homeless crissis and the homeless industrial complex which has been created.  If you believe our elected leaders need to display the same transparency they demand of others, then ask them why they refuse to respond and want the correspondence on this issue kept secret.   

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DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING INVOLVING DAVID ORDAZ JR

DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING INVOLVING DAVID ORDAZ JR.

July 30, 2021

On March 14, 2021, deputies responded to a call of a man with a knife who was under the influence of drugs and wanted to commit “suicide by cop.”  Tragically, David Ordaz Jr. died as a result of wounds sustained in a deputy involved shooting.  Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones.  This event was captured on body worn camera video and a critical incident video of the event has been posted at LASD.org under our Transparency Promise webpage.  I want to clearly state I have grave concerns regarding this deputy involved shooting.  One of the deputies has been relieved of duty and their peace officer powers have been suspended, pending the outcome of this investigation. 

Upon completion of the investigation, it will be submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney – Justice System Integrity Division, who will determine the legality of the shooting. Additionally, the investigation will be shared with Los Angeles FBI Field Office for their review.

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LA County Health Officer order to mask while indoors

LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ORDER MODIFICATION MASKING WHILE INDOORS

July 16, 2021

Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.  The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has authority to enforce the order, but the underfunded/defunded Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not expend our limited resources and instead ask for voluntary compliance.  We encourage the DPH to work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors and law enforcement to establish mandates that are both achievable and supported by science.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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Potential Release of Sexually Violent Predator Calvin Grassmier into the Crescenta Valley Community

POTENTIAL RELEASE OF SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR CALVIN GRASSMIER INTO THE CRESCENTA VALLEY COMMUNITY

As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, my primary concern is for the safety and security of the residents of our communities. Releasing violent sexual predators, such as Calvin Grassmier, into our communities makes us all less safe, as well as places an unnecessary burden on public safety resources. I urge the Superior Court to look at alternative areas where Calvin Grassmier can be placed, other than residential communities in Los Angeles.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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Sheriff’s Message – Duty to Cooperate

Sheriff’s Message – Duty To Cooperate

Transparency, accountability, and service to others are the foundations of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. As peace officers, we have to preserve personal credibility, integrity and not bring discredit to the profession while serving our communities both on and off duty. If any Department member has information alleging misconduct or wrongdoing by other Department members, it is their duty to report the information to a supervisor immediately. A failure to do so is a violation of policy. It goes against our core values and mission. If someone has knowledge of another department member’s involvement in such behavior and does not immediately report it, they are also liable and treated as such. Any department member who is subjected to or witnesses harassment or a violation of department policy or law may report the matter to:

· The lasd.org website  

· Report anonymously to 1-800-698-TALK  

· Any department supervisor or manager  

· Your respective union or bargaining unit  

· The Intake Specialist Unit  

· California Department of Fair Employment and Housing  

· Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission   

· Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel  

· Office of the Inspector General

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Readiness for the possibility of civil unrest

Readiness for the possibility of civil unrest

April 16, 2021

In readiness for potential civil disturbances related to the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, coupled with the recent national attention regarding several high profile shootings, and to meet the operational needs of Los Angeles County, we are in constant communication with our state and local law enforcement partners as to their state of readiness, which includes contingency planning with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and California National Guard. At this time, no direct request has been made of the California National Guard, because that can only be done when there is a specific mission to request and assign. But through our preparation, any possible lag time to mobilize should be significantly reduced.

I strongly support the First Amendment and the people’s right to protest, but if these actions become violent or shift into lawlessness, then swift and decisive action will be taken to protect life, protect property, and maintain civil order. This will be accomplished in a fair, firm, and impartial manner, in accordance with the law and 21st century policing concepts.

I believe in the important role the press plays in truth and transparency, as such my personnel are directed to support them in their duties, but that support does not extend into allowing members of the media to become part of the problem once an assembly has been declared unlawful. I strongly encourage members of the press to seek out supervisory personnel and identify yourselves, so they are aware of your status and can more easily support you in your mission.

We the people can exercise our First Amendment rights peacefully, without the need for violence and destruction.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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DOJ NON-CRIMINAL “PATTERN AND PRACTICE” INVESTIGATION

DOJ NON-CRIMINAL “PATTERN AND PRACTICE” INVESTIGATION

January 22, 2021

As Sheriff, I look forward to this non-criminal “pattern and practice” investigation. Our Department may finally have an impartial, objective assessment of our operations, and recommendations on any areas we can improve our service to the community.  During my administration, we have routinely requested the State Office of the Attorney General to monitor our investigations, and we will provide immediate access to all information in our possession.  We are eager to get this process started, in the interest of transparency and accountability.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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U.S. CAPITOL INCIDENT ALLEGEDLY INVOLVING OFF-DUTY DEPUTY

U.S. CAPITOL INCIDENT ALLEGEDLY INVOLVING OFF-DUTY DEPUTY

January 14, 2021

As I indicated today during my Instagram/Facebook live briefing, I am very concerned one of my deputies may have been involved in wrongdoing at the U.S. Capitol. Upon learning, I contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and briefed them. Additionally, we have initiated an administrative inquiry into the matter. Anyone with additional information, please contact LASD.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva