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LA County Sheriff on body cam plan, use of drones, preparing for protests in LA and more




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.
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.
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LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell drops by the AirTalk studio today for his quarterly interview to discuss the latest as summer winds down.

A California bill that would’ve given the public access to body cam footage in CA has been nixed, but this week the LASD head of technology told KPCC of a plan to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras and permit the release of some footage.

In July the LASD put out a call for public input on drone use. Later that month, the majority of the LA County Sheriff Civilian Oversight commission said they disapprove of drone use. Community activists had been protesting law enforcement drone use earlier, citing the fear of mission creep and invasion of privacy.

Some of the CA State Sheriff’s Association has been in talks with Brown on amending a “sanctuary state” Senate Bill, that would keep local law enforcement from acting on federal immigration laws.

In the middle of the summer, a Los Angeles appeals court ruled that the Sheriff cannot give the names of problematic deputies to prosecutors, even if they’re involved in pending criminal cases and are on the list of potential witnesses. Sheriff McDonnell is appealing the decision.

The Office of the Inspector General released a report calling into question the LASD’s method of collecting data on violence in county jails, after the department had said that it couldn’t verify inmate assault statistics that had previously cited to the general’s office. The Sheriff put out a statement, saying before the report he had ordered a review of the custody data systems.

After the violence at a Berkeley rally over the weekend and with potential Charlottesville-related protests planned in LA, how is the department preparing for the challenges of crowd control? Plus, the LASD’s push for recruitment and more.

Guest:

Jim McDonnell, sheriff of Los Angeles County; he tweets from @LACoSheriff



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