COMPTON, Calif. (2UG) – The Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission will host their June 15 meeting in the city of Compton at the Dollarhide Community Center.
“Residents of Compton, please make your calendars for June 15th from 9:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Dollarhide Community Center the LA County Civilian Oversight Commission meeting will be taking place in the City of Compton. Please come and share your thoughts about the LA County Sherriff’s Department. I look forward to hosting this commission in our city. See you all soon!” wrote Compton Mayor Emma Sharif on her social media account.
It is unknown if Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna will be in attendance as he has not publicly appeared in Compton since taking office last December.
Compton has been plagued with weekly horror stories of continued street takeovers, that are at times deadly.
The Compton Sheriff’s Station has also made headlines concerning allegations that deputy gangs exist within the station.
During the commission’s May meeting, their focus was the investigation into the death of Andres Guardado, who was killed by deputies from the Compton station.
During the commission meeting, Assistant Sheriff Holly Francisco revealed the deputies involved were never asked whether they belonged to a deputy gang and/or aspired to be one at the time of the shooting.
The commission then expressed frustration with Luna citing his lack of creating a department policy regarding deputy gangs
[Commissioner Robert| Bonner said despite a new state law prohibiting law enforcement officers from belonging to gangs, LA County Sheriff Robert Luna has yet to create a department policy with the same prohibition, making it impossible to discipline deputies for membership.
“I think we’ve been patient with Sheriff Luna, but our patience is wearing thin,” said Bonner. “The sheriff has said he wants to hold people accountable, and the only way is to have a policy, a rule that prohibits that conduct. Let’s get on with it.”
Sheriff Luna has made no public comments to reassure the residents he is working with the Compton station to alleviate the resident’s public safety concerns.
The station recently held a Town Hall meeting concerning safety issues that Luna skipped as well.
Inspector General Max Huntsman has since sent letters to dozens of deputies demanding they present themselves and photos of any tattoos they may have as he continues to conduct his investigation into deputy gangs.
The deputies union, ALADS, has filed a legal challenge to Huntsman’s request that will be heard by a judge in the coming months.