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
Sheriff Alex Villanueva
If you have concerns regarding the above, share your voice. You may contact your Board of Supervisors at the below:
County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors
Hilda L. Solis
Supervisor, First District
Phone: (213) 974-4111
Supervisor, Second District
Phone: (213) 974-2222
Supervisor, Third District
Phone: (213) 974-3333
Supervisor, Fourth District
Phone: (213) 974-4444
Kathryn Barger – CHAIR
Supervisor, Fifth District
Phone: (213) 974-5555
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