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.
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Keuhl Audio From Search Warrant