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Media Highlights

May 16, 2019

Check out the recent news coverage concerning the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission.

Video Feature: The journey from despair to hope


The Office of Diversion and Re-entry guides individuals suffering from mental illness away from jail and into community-based settings for restorative health. The initiative is part of the County's broad-reaching justice reform efforts... watch now.

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LA County agrees to pay $3.75M to family of 16-year-old fatally shot by Sheriff's Deputy

By Frank Stoltze | May 14
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted in closed session Tuesday to pay $3.75 million to the family of a 16-year-old who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy on Super Bowl Sunday in 2018... read more.


L.A. County approves $3.75 million settlement for family of teen shot by deputies

By City News Service | May 14

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $3.75 million payout to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit against sheriff's deputies who shot and killed a 16-year-old boy last year in the Westmont neighborhood of South L.A.... read more.


L.A. County to pay $3.75 million to family of teen killed by sheriff’s deputy

By Maya Lau & Nicole Santa Cruz | May 14
L.A. County taxpayers will pay $3.75 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Sheriff’s Department deputy in February 2018, county leaders decided Tuesday... read more.


LASD changing the face of mental health policing

Media Release | May 14
LASD has a long standing tradition in innovative programs to help curb the Mental Illness crisis. In November 1993, LASD was the first law enforcement agency to collaborate with the Department of Mental Health... read more.


L.A. County Supes expand innovative program proven to break...

By Celeste Fremon | May 14
On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors directed the county’s Office of Diversion and Reentry to draft a plan for expanding the ODR’s innovative program designed to break the cycle of mental illness, incarceration, and homelessness... read more.


LASD set to spend double its Overtime Budget for 2018-19

By City News Service | May 14
LASD is on track to spend more than twice what it budgeted on overtime for the fiscal year set to end June 30, according to a report... read more.

Daily Breeze

$25,000 reward offered in 2018 slaying of retired nurse in Rolling Hills Estates

By Ruby Gonzalez | May 14
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a $25,000 reward on Tuesday tied to last year's fatal stabbing of a retired nurse in a parking structure at a Rolling Hills Estates shipping center... read more.


Barger initiative would help residents purchase Ring security systems

Media Release | May 14
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis to help residents in the county’s unincorporated areas purchase home security systems with video doorbells which alerts the customer’s smart device when activated... read more.


Why does LAPD keep buying tasers that don't work like they should?

By Angela Caputo | May 14
When Tasers work, they can take a suspect down in seconds with a single electrical jolt, incapacitating without killing. That’s why the L.A. Police Department, which tested and pioneered the weapons, has embraced the handheld devices for nearly four decades... read more.

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Alcaldes preocupados por decisiones del Sheriff Villanueva

By Jorge Luis Macias | May 14
Aunque funcionarios de las ciudad de Maywood no han discutido en el pleno del concilio la crisis política que vive el Departamento del Sheriff del condado de Los Ángeles, el alcalde Eddie De La Riva dijo sentirse ”preocupado”... read more.


Settlement reached after teen accidentally killed when officers shot at dog

By City News Service | May 13
A woman whose teenage son was fatally struck by a ricocheting bullet when deputies fired at a dog that had attacked one of them in Palmdale reached a tentative settlement in her lawsuit against L.A. County... watch now.


Some contract cities push back

May 13
As L.A. County Sheriff Villanueva faces a crisis over his decision to hire back troubled deputies and his challenging of some policing reforms, he is getting pushback from some leaders in the cities his department patrols under contract, it was reported Monday.... read more.


Villanueva's moves draw concern from some cities that pay for Sheriff's patrols

By Maya Lau & Mat Stiles | May 12
Sheriff Villanueva runs the nation’s largest jail system and patrols 4,000 square miles of the country’s most populous county. He’s also head of the police force for dozens of individual cities throughout the county that contract with his agency... read more.


The border crisis isn't a partisan issue. It’s real, and children are in danger

By Robert C. Bonner & James. R. Jones | May 10
Immigration has become such a partisan issue, it’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction. But here’s something that’s undeniably true: We have a dangerous crisis at our southern border... read more.


Gov. Newsom’s revised budget features significant new reform-minded criminal justice spending

By Taylor Walker | May 10
California Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised state budget, which plans for $213.5 billion in spending (2% more than his January budget proposal)... read more.

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Reprueban a sheriff de L.A. por revivir brigada que se ensañó contra latinos

By Araceli Martinez Ortega | May 9
Los líderes de la comunidad latina, que le apostaron con todo para que Villanueva se convirtiera en sheriff del condado de Los Ángeles... read more.


A routine police stop landed him on California's gang database. Is it racial profiling?

By Anita Chabria | May 9
Brian Allen was driving home from work in July 2017 when he spotted someone from his days at Crenshaw High School. He stopped, they talked and he agreed to give the friend — an aspiring rapper with a criminal record — a ride... read more.


L.A. County Sheriff’s Department won’t arrest and hold immigrants for ICE

By City News Service | May 8

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says it will not participate in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Warrant Service Officer Program... read more.



Some contract cities concerned over Sheriff Villanueva’s actions

Spectrum News 1 | May 14
Sheriff Villanueva is facing new pressure this time from cities who pay the department... watch now.


Hernan Vera comments on Domestic Highway Enforcement team

Telemundo | May 9

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LA County Jail overflows with homeless, mentally ill inmates

By David Ono, ABC7 | May 8
The homeless crisis has sparked much debate about what to do about the widespread problem. It's an epidemic that's doubled in size in the last 4 years, and it's getting worse. To better understand the problem, experts say it's not the streets we should be looking at, but rather to jail... watch now.


LASD is scheduled to spend more than twice what it budgeted on overtime
KCRW | May 15

Reward for woman killed in Rolling Hills Estates over a year ago
KNX - May 15

Do tasers keep the public and the police officers safer?
KPCC | May 14

The State Constitution provides no checks or balances; it's up to each succeeding elected chairman of the makeup the rules 
KCRW  | May 14

Some cities that contract with the sheriff’s department are not happy with Sheriff Villanueva reinstating fired deputies
KCRW | May 14

Representative of cities that contract with the Sheriff’s Department worried cost will go up
KNX | May 13

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