What is going on in Lancaster

sheriffIn the news today was the announcement that LA County Sheriff deputies were ordered to pay a couple $4 million dollars due to injuries they sustained when deputies searched their house unlawfully and shot the couple 15 times.

Angel and Jennifer Melendez where in their home when sheriffs deputies, acting on a tip, stormed in without a warrant.  Deputies claimed they received a tip about a parolee living in the dwelling and upon entering, they claim Angel pulled out a rifle and they shot both him and his wife, who was pregnant at the time.  Angel lost his leg, his wife didn’t lose their baby. The judge ordered such a large sum based on testimony provided by Angel were he declared he lost his dignity and ability to provide for his wife.

In July, LA County Sheriff, Lancaster and Palmdale were ordered to pay residents $12.5 million due to their harassment of minorities.

If the department has been tried and found guilty, of the direct violation of minorities rights, multiple times, why in the world would the City of Compton subject their residents to the sheriff on a permanent basis when they passed Measure I?  I wonder who pays the higher insurance premiums, LAPD or the LA County Sheriff’s?


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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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