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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Continues Enforcement of Super-Spreader Events in LA County  1024 497 SIB Staff

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Continues Enforcement of Super-Spreader Events in LA County 

On Saturday, December 19, 2020, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) continued enforcement of the Los Angeles County health orders to address underground party events.  The driving concern was the fact these incidents violated the Los Angeles County Health Officer Orders regarding COVID protocols, also known as a “Super Spreader Event.”

We monitored parties across Los Angeles County and the following resources were deployed:

  • Sheriff’s Response Team
  • Human Trafficking Taskforce
  • Operation Safe Streets Bureau
  • Fraud and Cyber Crime Bureau
  • Aero Bureau

At approximately 1045 pm, Department members responded to an underground party event in the 400 block of South Hewitt Avenue, Los Angeles.  Just prior to our arrival, a shooting incident occurred within the party and two persons were shot.  One of the victims was pronounced deceased.   The incident occurred in Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) jurisdiction, and LAPD personnel responded to handle the investigation, while LASD personnel assisted with crowd control and crime scene containment.

At approximately 1230 am, Department personnel responded to another underground party at the 1900 block of East Rosecrans Avenue, Compton.  Announcements were made and the location was secured.  The results of the operation include the following:

  • 67 Arrests
    • 60 Adult, Misdemeanors (cite out)
    • 6 Juvenile, Misdemeanors (cite out)
    • 1 Possession of a firearm (Adult)
  • One firearm was recovered (adult arrest)
  • Evidence of illegal NOS usage

A third underground party in the 3600 block of Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, was monitored for a possible Department enforcement mission; however, a shooting at the location resulted in the event being shut down by LAPD personnel.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva has made it clear he will seek out and take law enforcement action against all underground party events occurring anywhere within Los Angeles County, who fall under the Health Orders of the County’s Department of Public Health.  The goal of these enforcement actions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations.  We thank the Board of Supervisors for their commitment to resource COVID-19 enforcement action (Amendment to Motion S-1, December 8, 2020)

Photo Link of 12/19/2020 Incident