In the past, LASD has acknowledged that deputy subgroups exist. Former Sheriff Alex Villanueva denied the existence of law enforcement gangs within the Sheriff's Department and failed to take meaningful action to eradicate law enforcement gangs and comply with state law.
Unlawful Conduct by the former Sheriff/LASD
The Sheriff’s Department, particularly under former Sheriff Alex Villanueva, has gone to great lengths to keep its conduct secret. The unlawful acts and potentially unlawful acts enumerated in our reports show a pattern and practice of the repudiation of oversight by the Office of Inspector General, the Civilian Oversight Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the public.
Probation Department Oversight
On October 1, 2019, the Board of Supervisors created the Probation Oversight Commission and granted the Office of Inspector General an investigatory role to enhance oversight of the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
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Second Report on the Probation Department's Compliance with the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement on Juvenile Halls
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