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?
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