New Sheriff Is Undoing Reforms Ordered By Federal Court, Monitor Says

Written by on April 12, 2019

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is undoing years of reforms at the sheriffs department … according to a federal monitor.

The sheriff has rehired two disgraced deputies … one fired for dishonesty, the other for unreasonable force — according to Richard Drooyan.

He was appointed by federal courts to monitor conditions in the county jail system … after the county was losing lawsuits filed over beatings … gangs of deputies … another major problems in the sheriffs department.

That scandal cost sheriff Lee Baca his job … and he faces prison over felonies that were covered up.

And the L A County Sheirff’s Department is the municipal police department for the city of Malibu.

The new sheriff has mounted what th L A Times calls a blistering attack on reforms in the jails, 

Via Nueva calls the court order changes a failed “social experiment.”

At least four fired deputies have been reinstated in the early months of Villanueva’s term. Villanueva has also said that the cases of about 68 deputies who were terminated under the previous administration — but whose cases were not adjudicated by the Civil Service Commission — are under review for reinstatement.

The department is bound by two federal settlement agreements overseen by Drooyan and his team.

But Droyan’s letter indicates that the elected sheriff may be violating court orders …. whoch could place malu’s police chief  in contempt of court and cost the county additional funds in order to bring the department into compliance.

The Board of Supervisors  controls the county’s funding of the Sheriff’s Department.

went to court last month to try to block Villanueva from reinstating Mandoyan. The board also directed the department to stop reevaluating the cases of fired deputies.

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