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Sheriff Villanueva provides an updaTe on the Attorney General’s Investigation

On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference to provide a status on the investigation of the Attorney General on the search warrants that were served regarding the Peace over Violence investigation, and other relevant information.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has a court hearing on Thursday, October 27, 2022, to provide a status on the handling over of evidence for the investigation to the Attorney General’s office. This week, LASD learned that a motion is being filed by the Attorney General’s office seeking to compel the LASD to destroy all evidence in their possession, including Body-Worn Camera footage. If granted, this motion would be an illegal destruction of evidence and possible obstruction of justice. This motion would also leave the LASD without evidence for defense in potential lawsuits regarding this issue.

A picture of the moment Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl is escorted out of her house was widely circulated and an audio that was recorded inside of her house moments before she was escorted out was played. A male’s voice can be heard offering her shoes and Kuehl can be heard saying: “No it’s a much better picture when I’m barefoot.” The media pointed out the fact that she was barefoot and the narrative was that LASD abused her rights and somehow mishandled her. “This is part of everything that the Attorney General wants to delete and destroy from all of our files and I’m troubled by that,” said Sheriff Villanueva.

LASD will address the concern with the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District in California, and will request that they monitor the Attorney General’s investigation.

Sheriff Villanueva also addressed the number of civilian oversight hearings, lawsuits and the number of articles published by the LA Times. A total of sixty-nine articles have been published about Sheriff Villanueva and all of them have a negative connotation; everything to influence the outcome of the November election.  

Sheriff Villanueva ended the press conference by wishing everyone a safe Halloween and for those concerned about fentanyl, he pointed out there is no evidence of fentanyl being packaged and passed off as candy to kids but there is evidence of fentanyl being disguised in bulk candy boxes for smuggling purposes. He reminded parents to check the candy children collect and toss anything that looks suspicious.    

Press Conference video

Press Conference Material

Slides – PDF

Keuhl Audio From Search Warrant

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Leaked Grand Jury Investigation

STATEMENT REGARDING “LEAKED” GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION

August 8, 2022

On Thursday, August 4, 2022, the Sheriff’s Department received notification of a criminal grand jury subpoena for records regarding a use of force incident in the San Fernando Court lockup from March of 2021.

Any allegation of misconduct is of deep concern to the department, and this one is no exception.  Hence, we are conducting a thorough internal investigation, and we are fully cooperating with this subpoena.

To date, our investigation indicates that the allegation of misconduct was orchestrated by involved Department executives to falsely portray themselves as whistleblowers in order to avoid discipline, up to and including termination.  The District Attorney has been given this and all other relevant information. 

https://lasd.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Post_REDACTED_Timeline_Memo_SanFernando_UOF_050122.pdf

https://lasd.org/sheriff-villanueva-discusses-recent-allegations-of-an-alleged-cover-up-involving-department-personnel/

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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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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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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Department statement regarding the arrest of a Non-Sworn Employee

Department statement regarding the arrest of a Non-Sworn Employee

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau (ICIB) conducted an investigation into an allegation of a department employee engaging in sexual misconduct with a detainee(s) at the Century Regional Detention Facility between August of 2017 and January of 2018.  The allegations occurred under former Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s tenure as Los Angeles County Sheriff. 

Pursuant to this investigation, 29-year-old Roy’ce Bass surrendered to ICIB investigators on July 7, 2020.  Mr. Bass was assigned to the Century Regional Detention Facility as a custody assistant.  He was charged with four counts of Engaging in Sexual Activity with a Detainee, 289.6(h) PC. He was booked at Marina Del Rey Station by ICIB investigators and released after posting a $100,000 bail. His next court date is November 13, 2020.

The Sheriff’s Department finds these allegations deeply troubling. We are committed to transparency and holding our employees fully accountable.

Alex Villanueva, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department