Crime & Justice

Sheriff Villanueva restores a controversial East LA station logo his predecessor had banned

Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the graduation ceremony for a Sheriff's Academy class  on Jan. 4, 2019.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the graduation ceremony for a Sheriff's Academy class on Jan. 4, 2019.
Kyle Grillot for LAist

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Three years ago, L.A. Sheriff Jim McDonnell banned a logo used by the department's East L.A. station because he felt it was disrespectful to the community. New Sheriff Alex Villanueva has revived the logo and it's once again displayed prominently at the station.

Villanueva's move has pleased the rank and file, but drawn criticism from a community activist and a member of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission.