July 24, 2021

Politics & News

Politics and Commentary News Aggregator

In a reversal, the LA County Sheriff’s Office will release the names of deputies involved in shootings within 30 days

2 min read
Latest Commentary Online Magazine

Latest Commentary delivers political news and commentary articles.

In the past, the department concealed deputies’ names sometimes for months while the District Attorney’s office completed its investigation.

“We’re not going to interfere with investigations, but our standard is going to be 30 days and those [names] are going to be posted online,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

Police departments and communities have been debating transparency and accountability in officer-involved shootings after a year of national protests over incidents of police killings of Black Americans.
Three deputies who fired shots at Andrew Brown Jr. will be reinstated and retrained, sheriff says

The new policy comes a day after the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a motion to draft an ordinance that requires the names of the deputies to be published within two days of a shooting. It also calls on the county’s counsel or inspector general to disclose the names, instead of relying on the sheriff’s department to do so.

Villanueva said there had sometimes been delays due to a lack of resources and decreased staffing at the department, despite state transparency laws that require such disclosures. He also said there have been recent cases where specific shootings involved criminal gang members who they feared could retaliate if deputies’ names were revealed.

“We want to be as transparent as we can, but we can’t jeopardize ongoing investigations and we can’t create a threat to someone,” Villanueva said.

There's a database whose mission is to stop problematic police officers from hopping between departments. But many agencies don't know it exists

In addition to the stark policy change, 95 previously unreleased names of deputies will be posted online this week after the department conducts threat assessments to ensure it is not putting personnel at risk, Villanueva said.

While the announcement has been met with concern by some sheriff’s department officials, it was praised by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“This vote is a testament to the steadfast organizing by impacted families,” the ACLU of Southern California said in a statement. “The lack of forthcoming information has been especially painful for loved ones of those shot and killed by deputies.”

2021-05-20 03:00:31

All news and articles are copyrighted to the respective authors and/or News Broadcasters. LC is an independent Online News Aggregator


Read more from original source here…

Leave a Reply

Copyright © All rights reserved. | Newsphere by AF themes.