Sheriff Unaware of Misconduct?


Sheriff Unaware of Misconduct?

From the LA Times article by Maya Lau

According to the Los Angeles Times article dated December 19, 2017, "McDonnell said his effort to give the Brady list to prosecutors is part of reforming and "restoring credibility" to a department that was disgraced by a jail abuse scandal..."  Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.  The so-called Brady list suffers from the fatal defect of being the product of a compromised investigative process.  20 years of unchecked corruption is not repaired with a publicity stunt like this fake list.


In order to properly reform the LASD and restore lost credibility, it will take a top to bottom damage assessment of the entire organization to have a clear understanding of what when wrong, who was involved, and who was damaged in the process.  There are department employees who participated in serious misconduct, which discredits their ability to testify truthfully in a court of law.  They remain on the job and unrepentant, and most disturbingly, not on this Brady list.  Likewise, you have individuals on the list who were placed there for purely retaliatory reasons, and the underlying discipline was imposed without merit and with full the knowledge of department executives.


That means there are literally thousands of individuals who faced criminal prosecution and were convicted in part based on the tainted actions of sworn department members.  Of most concern are those where the defendant was arrested solely on the testimony of the department member, and there were no witnesses or victims to corroborate testimony.  It will be up to the District Attorney's office to determine how to properly assess the scope of tainted prosecutions and the legal remedies that need to be made available to each defendant.


The damage doesn't end with criminal cases, however.  It extends to Civil Service Commission hearings, Employee Relations Commission hearings, and internal affairs investigations that were compromised based on the prevalent political patronage system in use for the last twenty years.  This good ol' boy system assigned favorable and unfavorable employment decisions such as discipline and promotions based on the relationship between the employees involved and department executives.


It is going to take a robust Truth and Reconciliation Process to get to the bottom of the problem and provide proper relief to all those involved, and a measure of accountability to those who unlawfully harmed others.  As sheriff, I am committed to make this happen.  

Posted on 21 Dec 2017, 21:25 - Category: news

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