According to a recent report filed on the Los Angeles Blade website, the Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission has called on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for the resignation of Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
In a unanimous 8—0 vote, the Commission expressed no confidence in L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, and he was asked to resign his office.
Commission Chair Lael Rubin said in a statement to reporters that the committee spent a great deal of time coming up with a resolution that would signal to Sheriff Villanueva that the body was serious and that he would have to make things better.
“I don’t think he has any intention of making anything better,“ Rubin said.
Sheriff Villanueva responded to the Commission’s resolution in a letter that Rubin took as a clear indication that Villanueva has no intention of working with the citizen’s group.
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Brian K. Williams, Executive Director of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, says that the resolution shows that “L.A. County residents deserve a Sheriff’s Department that is cooperative, respectful, transparent, accountable, trustworthy, and amenable to change.”
Shortly after taking office, Matthews said that Sheriff Villanueva, who has no prior experience in running a large law enforcement agency, sowed chaos when he reevaluated the ranks of some 500 commanders within the LACSD and removed 18 high-ranking officials within the agency. Some deputies say that after the move in 2019, it is no longer clear who is in charge.
When questioned why he made the moves, Villanueva responded, “The state constitution lays out that the oversight of the sheriff is the voters. In other words, you’ll have to wait four years before you can do anything to me, no matter what I do.”
The latest no-confidence vote comes after Vanessa Bryant, widow of basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant, alleges that the LACSD under Villanueva allowed unauthorized pictures of the helicopter crash scene where her husband and daughter were killed to be circulated by deputies.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has not yet commented on the Commission’s recent resolution.