Will L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell lose his re-election bid

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

Will L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell find himself ousted in next years election?

Jim McDonnell successfully ran for L.A. County Sheriff in 2014.   At the time, McDonnell was named in multiple lawsuits from his then subordinates in the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).  A handful of the lawsuits were successful.

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McDonnell received endorsements from the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Long Beach Police Officers Association, the L.A. County Professional Peace Officer Association and the L.A. County Deputy Probation Officers — AFSCME Local 685, along with dozens of other law enforcement organizations.

He has now gone against his fellow LEO’s and wants to turn some of them in to the District Attorney’s office as “bad deputies”.

Related:  Los Angeles Sheriff fighting union to release names of 300 ‘problem’ deputies to prosecutors

California has some of the strictest protections on law enforcement officer records in the country, and finding out what happens behind the blue line is not easy.

Currently, discipline hearings, personnel files and even the names of officers accused in internal affairs investigations are sealed. Today, prosecutors and defense attorneys require a special court order to harvest even basic information from an officer’s personal information file.

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office, which does not have access to police discipline files, learns about potential misconduct from prosecutors who complain about wrongdoing, from law enforcement agencies when they present criminal cases in which officers are suspects and from news articles, D.A. spokesman Greg Risling said in correspondence with the Los Angeles Times.

Will this action by Sheriff McDonnell cause the LEO unions to endorse an opponent?

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