Crime & Justice

LA supes question Villanueva over rehiring of deputy

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said the sheriff should know that domestic abuse victims are often reluctant to testify.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said the sheriff should know that domestic abuse victims are often reluctant to testify.
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L.A. County supervisors took an unusual step today: They questioned Sheriff Alex Villanueva about a deputy he re-hired after that deputy had been terminated for alleged domestic abuse and stalking. The supervisors raised two concerns: They're worried the sheriff is sending the wrong message about domestic violence, and that he's changed the standard for what can get a deputy fired.