Dear Los Angeles Times,
It’s not you it’s, me. And as a dedicated reader of your paper since high school, I ask you not to simply dismiss my critique of your paper as a disgruntled reader, but a reader that has established a long-term, three-decade relationship with you.
Years and it appears that over this period that we’ve both have grown entirely too comfortable with one another in that it appears that you’re not even making an effort anymore , resigned to the notion that the inevitable death of print journalism and that of the Los Angeles times is imminent and it appears collectively that those who are in charge of the Los Angeles times have resorted to clickbait journalism in exchange for advertisement dollars or exclusive access to the movers and shakers in Los Angeles politics.
Not in the slightest. Not remotely. Not even close, and too continue to push this thinly veiled, thinly supported argument that Sheriff Alex Villanueva created and promotes an atmosphere within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that promotes deputy gangs and is menacing the residents of Los Angeles countywide is nonsense and you know it.
In fact I’ll issue a challenge to you Los Angeles Times, host a debate with the leading candidates for Sheriff , lets debate the merits of this baseless claims of Sheriff misconduct because independent this narrative the race for Sheriff would be relatively boring campaign and then just maybe , just maybe the powers that be would at the Times would be inclined to report of the debilitating ineptitude and abdication of duty collectively, flagrantly and maliciously by a wide collective body of politicians that seems hell bent on circumventing the will of Los Angeles Voters by enacting an unconstitutional process that allows the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to simply replace a sheriff based on hype and propaganda and riddled with hypocrisy.
I beg of you Los Angeles Times what’s the end game here because as opposed to serving as paid assassin’s to help further this flame of false narratives that have continuously been lobbed against Villanueva since the beginning of his tenure as Sheriff I challenge you to join the Sheriff in restoring the quality of life by using your once esteemed paper as a vehicle for change and true accountability as opposed to a ” woke” vehicle that poll tests stories to generate the most readers and in return yielding higher advertising dollars.
In closing, Los Angeles Times you are better than this.
Please return to the days of Steve Lopez when I could always count on him to tell a story in such a human way that I didn’t mind spending $3.00 daily on your paper now your paper isn’t worth stealing off your neighbor’s lawn.
Los Angeles Times let’s do better and I know you can because this Sheriff Villanueva ” Dennis the Menace” portrayal doesn’t add up and for transparency sake let’s be honest the originator of this tall tale is currently facing a 20 count indictment, that being former Board of Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas who some can argue avoided criminal prosecution for decades as your paper provided him a soft landing spot of shielding the general public of the long documented nefarious deeds of the long time politician and public servant.
With that being said Los Angeles Times in all due respect, it’s time to put up or shut up and whatever you have on Sheriff Alex Villanueva that supports this thinly proven theory as this rogue sheriff doesn’t add up and is clearly blatantly racist.
Need any further proof lets make it simple and in the words of Dr. Faucci, lets follow the science it is virtually impossible in less than a 4-year period according to most studies for an elected Sheriff to cultivate, establish and condone an atmosphere of illegal gang activity and provable collusion all the way up the rung of Sheriff.
We all want police reform but this is not the way to go because nothing on Villanueva’s record indicates he’s the poster boy for all things wrong with the Sheriff’s department, as you like to make him out to be.
In the grand scheme of things, and personally for me as a Black man who admittedly has his own issues with law enforcement, there’s nothing more than I would like than to arrive at a time in my life that police misconduct and allegations of police abuse are a thing of the past, and although tempting and seemingly on surface it appears that Sheriff Villanueva is this “rogue” “Sheriff, he’s not.
Beneath the surface, and upon further investigation, according to reporting conducted by your own (LAT) staff, this so-called level of “chaos” orchestrated against the Sheriff isn’t based on facts, but by writers at the Times that aren’t even from here. Their views on the world are shared through rosy colored glasses, behind the comforts of their gated communities, while providing elected officials political cover, and leaving us, the constituents, left to deal with the end result.
If in fact if this is their idea of “reimagining” policing, I prefer the old way. Los Angeles was safer.
Marvin McCoy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.