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LAPD chief among nation's top cops who ask Congress to ban assault weapons - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he supports tougher gun measures.

“I believe in universal background checks, banning all detachable magazines, and banning the manufacture, import and sale of semi-auto rifles with detachable magazines,” Villanueva said in a statement Thursday. “Our congressional delegation is in support of common sense gun legislation. Average citizens should be able to keep what they already lawfully own, grandfather them in.”
police  sheriff  support  gun  laws  bans  legislation 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Taxpayer Bill From Arpaio Profiling Case To Reach $150M By Mid-2020 | KJZZ
he taxpayer bill for a racial profiling case stemming from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration patrols in metropolitan Phoenix is expected to reach nearly $150 million by the summer of 2020.

Officials say Maricopa County taxpayers have already paid $111.5 million in attorney and compliance costs since the lawsuit over traffic patrols targeting immigrants was filed in 2007, and the figure is projected to rise by nearly $7.4 million by the end of June.

And in the coming months, county officials are expected to approve an additional $30.8 million in compliance costs for the fiscal year ending in the summer of 2020.

No one involved in the case or in county government can say exactly when the financial hemorrhaging will slow down or end.

The spending is expected to continue until the sheriff's office is deemed by a judge to be fully compliant for three straight years with court-ordered overhauls of its traffic patrol and internal affairs operations.

Nearly six years after the agency was found to have profiled Latinos in the patrols, the sheriff's office hasn't yet been deemed totally in line with any phase of both overhauls, though overall compliance has improved since Sheriff Paul Penzone took office in 2017.

"This is not going to be resolved next year," said Supervisor Steve Gallardo, a longtime critic of Arpaio's crackdowns on immigrants. "It will be a while."

The traffic-patrol overhaul includes retraining officers on making constitutional stops, establishing an alert system to spot problematic behavior by officers, equipping deputies with body cameras and holding interventions with officers flagged for having statistical differences from their peers in how they treated Latinos.
Arizona  sheriff  Joe_Arpaio  settlement  taxpayer  $ 
april 2019 by Quercki
Calif. senator calls for audit of Alameda County Sheriff's Office, jail after 2 Investigates report - Story | KTVU
Sheriff Gregory Ahern said he welcomes any audit while the president of the board of supervisors, Richard Valle, expressed concerns about the cost of a full audit to taxpayers.

In a Feb. 15 letter to Valle, Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) noted the 2 Investigates’ reporting in November, which found that at least 29 women have sued the sheriff, alleging abuse and mistreatment, since 2014.
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A female inmate and an Alameda County sheriff's deputy walk outside at Santa Rita Jail. Sheriff Gregory Ahern said “I think we’re the best big jail in the nation.” November 2018

Women sue Santa Rita over humiliating treatment; sheriff says facility is 'best big jail in the nation'

The sheriff has said in the past his department is a target of lawsuits from inmates and attorneys seeking money from the county.

“We can no longer excuse such conduct as an isolated incident,” Skinner wrote. “A strong performance audit will generate crucial evaluative data that can thoroughly assess all the current practices and policies while provide lifesaving recommendations for implementation.”

Skinner also told 2 Investigates she is extremely skeptical of how the sheriff’s money is being spent. As the jail population has decreased significantly, the sheriff’s budget has grown by $144 million in the last decade. The sheriff’s budget this year is just over $440 million.

Skinner’s letter came at the urging of the Ella Baker Human Rights Center in Oakland, where senior organizer Jose Bernal has closely watched the sheriff’s office and the jail.
police  sheriff  Ahern  Nancy_Skinner  California  audit  Ella_Baker_Center  solutions 
march 2019 by Quercki
(41) Patrisse Cullors - Posts
Statement From Patrisse Cullors on Historic Defeat of Los Angeles County Sheriff McDonnell By Alex Villanueva

"Since 2016 the progressive movement has been strategizing on how to build power and gain power. We lost the presidential race to a racist, sexist bigot and we’ve been experiencing the repercussions ever since.

In Los Angeles, we’ve dealt with our own set of racists elected officials. Sheriff Mcdonnell spent 4 years in office collaborating with ICE, knocking down reform initiatives like ending money bail and prop 47, and he refused to meet with community groups.

As of last night, Sheriff McDonnell is no longer the Sheriff of LA County.
election  L.A.  sheriff  Blackwater  solution 
november 2018 by Quercki
(1) All Eyes on the Sheriff Rally & March!
Turn out to the All Eyes On The Sheriff mobilization on Tuesday, Oct 2nd, for a rally and march calling for FULL accountability and transparency of the Alameda Sheriff's Department!

Meet at the Glenn Dyer Detention Center, 50 6th St in downtown Oakland, where we will march to the Alameda County Administration Building.

In the span of just 6 days, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department has been exposed for:

Illegally recording attorney & youth-client privileged conversations!

Brutally assaulting a 76-year old disabled woman for jay walking!

Forcing a pregnant homeless woman to give birth alone while she lay in a cold, dirty concrete solitary confinement cell after guards ignored her screams for hours!

Since June alone, there have been 3 in-custody deaths associated with Santa Rita Jail. There are are now a total of 34 in-custody deaths that have happened since 2013 under Sheriff Ahern's management. Blatant human rights abuses are so rampant that Alameda County now leads the region in civil rights legal settlements. All while the Alameda County Board of Supervisors continues to increase the Sheriff's budget - now a massive $444 million - while the jail population that has decreased by nearly half in the last ten years

Join us to demand that the Board of Supervisors authorize an independent audit and full transparency and accountability of the Alameda Sheriff's Department. #AuditAhern NOW!! Please help share and spread the word!
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About Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Nonprofit Organization · Oakland, California
Ella Baker Center is named for an unsung civil rights hero who inspired and guided emerging leaders. We build on her legacy by giving people opportunities and skills to work together to strengthen our communities so that all of us may thrive.
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2018  Alameda  County  Sheriff  Ella_Baker_Center  demonstration 
august 2018 by Quercki
Law section No person is eligible to become a candidate for the office of sheriff in any county unless, at the time of the final filing date for election, he or she meets one of the following criteria:
CHAPTER 1. County Officers [24000 - 24012]  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )
  
24004.3.  
(a) No person is eligible to become a candidate for the office of sheriff in any county unless, at the time of the final filing date for election, he or she meets one of the following criteria:
(1) An active or inactive advanced certificate issued by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
(2) One year of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
(3) Two years of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
(4) Three years of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses an associate in arts or associate in science degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited college.
(5) Four years of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses a high school diploma or the equivalent.
(b) All persons holding the office of sheriff on January 1, 1989 shall be deemed to have met all qualifications required for candidates seeking election or appointment to the office of sheriff.
(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 57, Sec. 1.)
sheriff 
january 2018 by Quercki
Phoenix Newspaper Tears Into Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio In Brutal Twitter Thread | HuffPost
Arpaio’s tenure as sheriff from 1993 through 2016 has received strong criticism from civil rights advocates, largely stemming from his extreme stance on immigration and for overseeing what they say was cruel treatment of inmates.

And few know those controversies better than the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly that’s doggedly covered Arpaio for two decades.

The night that Trump pardoned him, the Phoenix New Times unleashed an eye-opening Twitter thread reminding readers of some of the grimmest stories of Arpaio and his office.
Arpaio  Arizona  sheriff  crime  immigration 
august 2017 by Quercki
Joe Arpaio learns that he is not above the law - The Washington Post
THE ESSENCE of Joe Arpaio’s long reign as sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, whose 4 million residents in and around Phoenix make it one of the nation’s biggest localities, was lawlessness masquerading as law enforcement. Blatant racial profiling, inhumane treatment of prisoners and contempt for federal court orders — this was the stuff on which Mr. Arpaio staked his relentlessly self-promoted reputation as “America’s toughest sheriff.”

Now Mr. Arpaio, who lost a reelection bid for a seventh term in the fall after voters tired of shelling out tens of millions of dollars in legal fees on his behalf, is facing a day of reckoning. In a trial that began Monday in federal court, Mr. Arpaio stands accused of criminal contempt of court for having thumbed his nose at a federal judge who ordered a halt to Mr. Arpaio’s traffic patrols, which singled out Hispanics on the basis of nothing more than their appearance, for immigration enforcement.
Arizona  Arpaio  sheriff  hispanic  racism 
july 2017 by Quercki
(37) George Raya - A complete video recording of Sacramento County...
George Raya was live — with Bernard Marks and Al Rojas in Sacramento, California.
March 28 at 5:37pm ·
A complete video recording of Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones' Town Hall on Immigration, with Thomas Homan, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Audience questions begin at 20:30. Among the persons who spoke/asked questions were: Holocaust survivor Bernard Marks (24:00); Al Rojas (27:00); Darrell Steinberg (37:00; Kevin de Leon (44:00) and many others. https://www.facebook.com/events/448158842187315/
Dov_Marks  ICE  Sacramento  Sheriff 
april 2017 by Quercki
Alameda County Sheriff's deputy linked to Celeste Guap is fired - EastBayTimes.com
ALAMEDA COUNTY -- The Alameda County Sheriff's Office on Friday fired a deputy linked to a sexually exploited teenager and who was charged with several misdemeanors for violating a restraining order filed by his wife.

Deputy Travis Brannon, who has been on leave, was terminated Friday, Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

"He is no longer employed by the sheriff's office. We cannot comment any further regarding personnel matters," Kelly said.

Brannon was charged with 18 misdemeanor counts for disobeying and violating a restraining order filed by his wife, who said she feared for her life after the deputy threatened her.


The Alameda County Sheriff's Office on Friday, August 26, fired Deputy Travis Brannon, who is linked to a sexually exploited teenger and who was charged with several misdemeanors for violating a restraining order filed by his wife. (David DeBolt)
According to court papers and police reports, Brannon allegedly told her he had connections to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and would "have her killed and fed to pigs if she ever did or said anything to hurt his job as a deputy."

The order was filed Oct. 20 and Brannon immediately and repeatedly violated it by contacting the woman, even from his Oakland jail cell following his arrest, court records show.

He and his wife were each arrested for domestic violence in August 2015, according to police records.

He and his wife were each arrested for domestic violence in August 2015, according to police records.

A call on Friday to his attorney, Joseph Cox, was not returned.

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Earlier this month, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Brannon was on leave when the Sheriff's office learned of his association with the young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. Guap, the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, has said that she had sex with about 30 police officers, including four Alameda County Sheriff's deputies. She has not publicly named Brannon as one of the officers.

Some of the encounters with Oakland officers and a Contra Costa sheriff's deputy happened before she turned 18. Multiple investigations of police officers are continuing. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office completed its own investigation; none of the four deputies were placed on leave.

Brannon's last assignment was on patrol out of the Eden Township station in San Leandro, Nelson said. He formerly worked as a resource officer at Castro Valley High School.

David DeBolt covers Oakland. Contact him at 510-208-6453. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.
Alameda  sheriff  domestic_violence  child  prostitution 
august 2016 by Quercki
‘Reminiscent of Rodney King': San Francisco cops investigated after video release of savage beating of man
A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. J.D. Nelson, attempted to excuse the vile behavior of the cops caught on video by claiming that the beating with police batons was the result of a 38-minute car chase; as if that would justify the cops’ actions.

Forwarding the police narrative, Nelson said deputies approached a man sitting in a stolen car at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, at which time the man knocked down and injured one deputy while attempting to ram two police cruisers, disabling one. At this point the second officer was able to give chase in a damaged patrol car, Nelson said.

“Then we start on a 38-minute chase that went from San Leandro, to Oakland, through the streets of Oakland, onto the freeway, over the Bay Bridge and through downtown San Francisco and finally onto Stevenson Street, where the man crashes his car and gets out and starts running,” Nelson said.
To further attempt to justify the beat down, Nelson said that police believed the man was armed and that police recovered a gun, but didn’t know where the gun was found.

It must be noted that a common police tactic, used as a means of providing legitimacy for violent actions, is to carry “throw away” weapons. These weapons have their serial numbers removed, are concealable, and are often used in circumstances where disciplinary action would result. In essence, they’re a “get out of jail free” card for cops.

In addition to all the other excuses for beating the man with batons, the deputies claimed that they believed the man to be on drugs and that they were unsure what he was capable of doing, according to Nelson.
police  violence  Alameda  county  sheriff  20151113 
november 2015 by Quercki
Alameda County sheriff probes beating of man in S.F. seen in video - SFGate
The Alameda County sheriff launched an investigation Friday after a video showing two deputies tackling and beating a man on the ground in San Francisco’s Mission District went public, raising questions whether there was an excessive use of force.
The San Francisco Public Defender’s office released the video Friday night after witnesses to the arrest contacted them with concerns. Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the two deputies clearly used excessive force in an encounter that was “reminiscent of Rodney King.”
The video shows the deputies chasing after a man at the corner of Clinton Park and Stevenson Street at about 2:05 a.m. Thursday. One deputy jumps on the man, knocking him down, and goes on to punch him twice while he was still on the ground.
He gets off as the second deputy pulls out his baton, and uses it to strike the man on the head. The video jumps 10 seconds to both deputies using their batons on the man as he struggled on his knees and screamed for help.
The video jumps once more to show the man on his knees with his hands on his head, and one deputy pushing him to the ground so he and the other deputy could continue hitting him with their batons.
police  violence  Alameda  county  sheriff  20151113 
november 2015 by Quercki
Santa Clara Co.: Sheriff's Office must navigate policy pitfalls as it mulls body cameras in jails - Inside Bay Area
The Oakland Police Department was the first large city in the country to deploy body cameras, introducing them in 2010. Documented uses of force plummeted in the city, from 1,945 instances the first year to 611 recorded in 2014.

But the agency also recently found itself embroiled in a widening national debate over how and when footage is released to the public, which currently has no presumptive right to it. In August, the department held a viewing of body-worn camera video for select media members regarding two officer-involved deaths, and critics alleged department officials hand-picked its audience and selected encounters favorable to police.

Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman, said those instances were highlighted because of the risk posed by the rumors of brutality.

"The stories were so egregious. It really rose to the level of a safety issue for officers and the community," Watson said, adding that department officials realize, in hindsight, that more media should have been invited to view them and the videos should have been quickly posted online.
police  sheriff  jail  prison  camera 
october 2015 by Quercki
Northern California police shoot, kill 2 suspects - Yahoo News
An Emeryville police officer shot and killed a woman authorities say drew a weapon outside a retail store after a shoplifting incident Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to the store after receiving complaint of a combative theft suspect, the Oakland Tribune reported (http://tinyurl.com/o3hb5o2). The store also reported the suspect, a woman, was armed. She was shot a short time later outside the store. No further details were available and she wasn't identified. Oakland and Emeryville police said they were investigating.

Earlier Tuesday, the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department reported that a suspect in Antioch, California, was shot and killed in an unrelated incident.

Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said deputies went to an apartment to carry out a move-out order in a domestic violence case when the target of the order charged at a deputy with a weapon.

The deputy fired his duty weapon striking the armed man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Lee said.

The officer involved shooting will be investigated by the Contra Costa district attorney's office, the sheriff's office and Antioch police, he added.
Emeryville  police  shooting  Contra_Costa  sheriff 
february 2015 by Quercki

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