LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, and co-authored by Supervisor Mitchell that will help protect surviving families from harassment and retaliation from deputies in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).
“Families experiencing loss at the hands of LASD deserve the space to mourn the loss of their loved ones peacefully without contending with retaliatory actions on behalf of sheriff’s deputies,” shared Chair Solis. “With this motion, Los Angeles County is committed to holding deputies accountable for their actions and encouraging families to come forward and report any misconduct without fear of retaliation.”
In 2019, in response to the numerous complaints made by impacted families of law enforcement violence, the Sheriff Civilian Oversight (COC) requested the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to conduct a formal inquiry and assessment of the concerns shared by families. In 2020, the OIG issued a report back, which provided examples of families who continue to experience harassment by LASD deputies.
“I’m proud to join Chair Solis in co-authoring this motion that is an important step towards accountability and justice. I have met with too many members of our community who have had to deal with the grief of losing a family member while facing inexcusable acts of harassment from law enforcement. This is unacceptable and this motion helps ensure abuse of power is documented and investigated so action can be taken,” shared Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell.
The passage of this motion instructs the OIG to work in conjunction with impacted families to update its 2020 report back to the COC regarding incidents of harassment and intimidation experienced by surviving families of sheriff’s deputy use of force, shootings, killings, and misconduct; to conduct an in-depth investigation that is not limited to complaints filed with LASD; and report back to the Board of Supervisors within 60 days with robust recommendations for supporting families and forbidding any harassment of them.
In addition, the motion directs County Counsel, in collaboration with the OIG to pursue legal options should there be any barriers to cooperation, collaboration or compliance that would prohibit the OIG’s ability to fulfill its directive to report, among other action items.
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