Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement on the RAND Institute’s study of deputy gangs within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD):

“The RAND Institute’s study supports the decades-long, troubling history of deputy gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  The study also emphasizes how deputy gangs negatively impact the Department’s relationship with the community it serves. 

It is unfortunate that due to LASD leadership’s inability and frankly, unwillingness to consistently hold deputies and their respective supervisors accountable, there exists a diminishing relationship between the Department and residents.  It is also disturbing the sheer amount of money that has come out of hardworking taxpayers’ wallets to pay large settlements–almost $55 million dollars since 1990 (related to claims involving deputy gangs and its members).  These precious dollars should have instead been used to serve our communities.

As Supervisor of the First District, I am proud to represent East Los Angeles and committed to addressing the stronghold the Banditos have of the East LA Sheriff’s station, further illuminated by the RAND Institute study.  I share the concerns that the misconduct, aggressive policing and racism need to be addressed and eradicated expeditiously.  The solution is not a mass transfer of deputies from one station and spreading them across the County, but to hold each accountable to their actions. 

I am neither surprised nor shocked by the study’s findings as I along, with the support of my colleagues, have attempted to address through the creation of oversight entities, freezing of Department funds, motions to protect those who have been victimized by law enforcement misconduct, and supporting legislation that call for the elimination of deputy gangs and holding law enforcement accountable and transparent.  I will continue to commit to using my authority to transform the LA Sheriff’s Department into one that, as the Department’s motto states, will “earn the public’s trust every day,” and an agency that protects those deputies who work hard, day in and day out, to serve the residents of LA County, professionally and respectfully.” 

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CONTACT:

Kimberly Ortega, (213) 361-6435, KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov