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Los Angeles Times has high hopes with our new Sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell discusses last year's crime statistics on Jan. 14 in Monterey Park. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell discusses last year’s crime statistics on Jan. 14 in Monterey Park. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

In today’s news, the newly installed L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. Inspector General has found that the is opting to not be transparent, as it relates to identifying officers involved in shootings. The report went on to further suggest LASD are doing worse than LAPD. The bright side is the author of Report urges greater transparency at L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. states that Sheriff McDonnell supports transparency but her colleague proves otherwise.

Sheriff McDonnell is the former Chief of Police of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). Back in 2010 LBPD officers killed Douglas Zerby. The L.A. Times sought information on the officers involved in the controversial shooting and were forced to sue LBPD to obtain the information. The California Supreme Court ruled 6-4 in the LA Times favor in May 2014.

Related article: Police must ID officers in on-duty shootings, court rules

Inspector General Max Huntsman, who wrote the report, gave a ton of examples of departments who make this information available to the public and ironically, this information is not available on the LBPD website.

Related article: Officer-involved shootings nearly double for Long Beach police in 2013 over 2012 after Sunday night shooting

The article goes on further to state the Sheriff commented it takes time to compile the information and make it available.


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