Los Angeles County residents will go to the polls in June to elect a sheriff. With a crowded field incumbent Alex Villanueva announced exceeding $1 million in campaign contributions, while the air in the presumed “top contender’s” campaign is running low on oxygen. Newly released documents detail that Cecil Rhambo’s tenure as a deputy ain’t all peaches and cream.
Cecil Rhambo announced his intentions to run for Sheriff on a “reform” platform that could very well apply to him if he were still employed as a deputy in the department.
Rhambo was asked point-blank questions, about his involvement in [fatal] shootings, and his answers can either be interpreted as an omission or a lie. For the sake of this article, we will defer to “omit”.
KnockLA reporter Cerise Castle obtained an interview with Rhambo where she asked him about his involvement in fatal shootings.
“I’ve been involved in shootings — the person just didn’t die. I got robbed in early 1990, ’91. It was an attempted robbery at a Bank of America teller at night, and the suspect drew his gun and I saw him drawing his gun. And so, we kind of drew down on each other at the same time, and I was fortunate enough to get my shots off first. Fortunately for him, he ran five blocks and collapsed and said he was a victim of a drive-by and they left his gun there,” said Rhambo.
Department records detail Rhambo was involved in three shootings, with two involving him shooting fellow deputies.
The shootings occurred in a span of three consecutive years beginning in 1987.
Rhambo was a member of a narcotics team, called in to assist a burglary team, out of the Lennox Station, on surveillance of a suspected narcotics operation. HUH?
During the course of attempting to enter the home, Rhambo encountered three pit bulls and started shooting at them. He missed.
The gunfire caused the other deputies to unload their department issued weapons. Rhambo let off the most rounds. 18 to be exact.
Somehow, Rhambo was called upon multiple times, from members of the Lynwood station to “assist”, and the team he assisted included a white supremacist. The Lynwood station would become part of a federal case of abuse at the hands of the station’s deputies, which could include Rhambo seeing that he was trusted by them to “assist” on certain calls.
Rhambo declined to comment on the documents released, which have Sheriff Sherman Block’s name on them.
Policing in the 80s had to be tough with the crack epidemic at its crescendo. According to two previous Compton mayor’s, and the current mayor of Inglewood, those days of policing were tough.
On the flip side, you had one Compton mayor so fed up with the allegations that the members of his department were allegedly robbing drug dealers, to deal the drugs themselves, the council disbanded the Compton Police Department, and Cecil Rhambo was handpicked to run the newly created Compton Sheriff’s Station because he “grew up” in Compton.
Decades later, Rhambo would return to Compton as its city manager, and after assuming the role, he was faced with a massive theft of a cache of guns from the old Compton City Hall, the city clerk was alleged to be found in possession of hundreds of thousands of dollars in her city hall office, and he sat for a deposition on claims of the City performing warrantless search and seizure of cannabis dispensaries.
Thirty-five years is a long time to reflect on ways the same system Rhambo seeks to “reform” is the same system that afforded him the opportunity to continue to promote to the #3 in command of the department, despite multiple deputy involved shootings, which included shooting one of the supervisors on the scene.
You can read Cerise Castle’s full article here
Please read the interview !
AND carefully consider those who think these actions are so unimportant they endorsed this guy….
If ever there was a case for any/all gunshot involved reports should never be destroyed HERE IT IS.
The words “TRIGGER HAPPY” come to mind – and then with regard to his response to say oh “no one died” like that makes it okay to put lead into another’s body! NO!! THAT IS NOT OKAY !!!!
No rounds/bullets should EVER leave the barrel of a gun without knowing what they will penetrate !!!!!
This guy on more than one occasion shot his fellow officers and still has a badge ? Who does he know? Does carelessness could be fatal/deadly come to anyone’s mind? Oh wait we know who his friend is the undersheriff convicted of obstructing justice!!! Guess there is no surprise after all.
His is not a good track record! On one occasion the officer he wounded had changed a jacket and this guy did not notice the face of the man he shot was his fellow officer who he had just seen ? and in the other case he shot his supervisor in the back and shoulder !?
And then he responds to the question about shootings he has been involved with they didn’t die.?!
It is troubling that not only did he squeeze the trigger without knowing where the rounds would land but also he is dismissive about the injury his action caused !!!
And those are BULLET Hitting Flesh INVOLVED INCIDENTS with injured officers that he dismissed does this suggest if it was non-officers that he shot he might be more caring? …..?
We should vote for him to be in the Hall of Shame but not for a leadership role anywhere!
Yes, that was NOT anywhere —- are you reading BOAC members ??
Since we are on that job description…..
Is there a pathetic pattern of LAX leadership personnel? Who does the background check on the people charged with greeting the millions of guests coming into or out of LAX? Should review standards be changed? How is it there are serious behavior/attitude issues that we know for at least three who have been in top leadership roles? Consider……
James Butts administration discrimination suit of Kathleen Green
Errol Southers use of confidential information for personal reasons about ex-wife and lying about it
Cecil Rhambo dismissive attitude of his involvement in shootings resulting in injuries to others.
::::on a not so light note::::::::
Caution deer or pheasant hunters: make sure Rhambo has solid plans to stay in the city limits!
Cecil was the city manager of Carson not Compton
Carson first, then Compton