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LA Supervisors Want To Give More Power To The People In Charge Of Overseeing Sheriff Villanueva

LOS ANGELES (LAist) — In response to growing concern that L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has built a wall of secrecy around his department, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is poised to take a step toward giving a civilian oversight group more power to hold the sheriff accountable.

Under the proposal on Tuesday’s agenda, the commission would have the authority to direct the county’s inspector general to issue subpoenas for a wide array of records, including files relating to internal investigations into deputy misconduct, and compel testimony from agency officials, including the sheriff himself.

The inspector general would review the information and produce a report to the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, which would only see documents not covered by state laws protecting deputy privacy.

Department personnel subpoenaed to testify would in some cases speak only to the inspector general and in others to the nine-member commission, which is appointed by […]

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Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the graduation ceremony for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy class in January. (Kyle Grillot for LAist)

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