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L.A. County supervisors set to vote on civilian oversight for Sheriff’s Department




Two Los Angeles sheriffs could be held liable for withholding information after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said they were not immune from liability.
Two Los Angeles sheriffs could be held liable for withholding information after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said they were not immune from liability.
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Should retired law enforcement officials be allowed to sit on a newly created commission to oversee the Sheriff’s Department?

That’s a key issue the LA County Board of Supervisors will vote on today. The same supervisors voted to create a Civilian Oversight Commission over a year ago at the urging of community members following a series of mistreatment of inmates by deputies in the county's jails that have. More than twenty members of the Sheriff’s Department have been indicted.

Opponents like Mark-Anthony Johnson told KPCC they fundamentally oppose law enforcement policing other law enforcement.

But LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs argue that excluding former deputies from eligibility would be unfair and also exclude people who know the inner workings of the department. 

Guests:

Sarah Favot, reporter with the Los Angeles Daily News. She tweets from @SarahFavot

Cindy Chang, reporter who covers the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department for the Los Angeles Times. She tweets from @cindychangLA