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LA Sheriff agrees to Federal Oversight

jim mcdonnellIn a surprise twist of irony, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Jim McDonnell have quietly agreed to federal oversight of their troubled jail system.  On a March 31st segment of KPCC’s Air Talk, the Sheriff admitted he agreed to oversight, which will commence within 60 days.

KPCC’s Frank Stoltze also confirmed the federal government is conducting an independent investigation of possible pattern of civil rights violations.  LAPD déjà vu?

You may recall the Sheriff’s election highlighted the issues in the jails as a reason to not vote for Paul Tanaka and that the threat of oversight was trying to be avoided with the election of the former Long Beach Police Chief.

Shortly after the November election, December to be exact, ACLU quietly sent out a press release announcing that Downtown LA powerhouse law firm, Paul Hastings, negotiated a landmark settlement in Rosas v Baca.  Presumably, oversight of the jails was the deciding factor.

Related article:  ACLU settles with LA County Sheriff’s Department

Was Jim McDonnell aware the feds would be his boss when he agreed to run for Sheriff?

The L.A. Times were huge supporters of McDonnell, going so far as to re-endorsing him after we questioned why he wasn’t made Chief of LAPD after leading the department out of the federal decree they had.

Related article:  L.A. Times re-endorses Jim McDonnell

Now he can prove the L.A. Times and voters made the right choice in voting for him and show us his ability to lead the nation’s largest police force.

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I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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