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Should the names of sheriff’s deputies who’ve committed misconduct be public?

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell addresses a news conference prior to the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. David McNew/Getty Images

On Monday, LA-based advocacy group Dignity and Power Now launched a website with data on 22 deputies that have been cited in public reports of misconduct, such as officer-involved shootings.

Dignity and Power now is one of the groups that’s advocating that a confidential list of nearly 300 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who’ve committed misconduct be made public.

This against the backdrop of Sheriff Jim McDonnell attempting to send prosecutors names of the deputies whose misconduct could undermine their perspectives as witnesses. The State Supreme Court barred Sheriff McDonnell from doing so after the deputies’ union sued. Dignity and Power Now is one of the organizations urging McDonnell to appeal the decision, though whether he will do so remains unclear.

Should the names of “problematic” deputies be public information or is it a privacy violation? In addition or alternately, should those names be provided to prosecutors?


Mark-Anthony Johnson, director of health and wellness at Dignity and Power Now, grassroots civil rights organization that aims to advocate on behalf of incarcerated people and their communities

Randy Sutton, retired police lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and author of multiple books on policing, including “A Cop’s Life” (St Martin’s Press, 2006); the national spokesman for Blue Lives Matter

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