Crime & Justice

Head of sheriff oversight panel wants to know about secret cliques

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
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The head of the civilian commission that oversees the L.A. County Sheriff's Department says in 2019 the panel will focus on use of force, discipline, deputy behavior in the jails and investigations into reports that some deputies are still participating in secret cliques identified by tattoos. That last issue could spark a conflict with new Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who has downplayed the significance of the tattoos.