Compton Mayor Aja Brown boldly declared last summer that Compton residents were being terrorized by Sheriff deputies and spoke of a personal encounter that she alleged left her daughter “traumatized”. She called for an investigation and according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, she has been uncooperative in failing to produce video of the alleged encounter.
“They [deputies] terrorize the community, and then they cover their tracks,” said Brown. “I do have full footage of this entire incident. To make a long story short, it is not unlike anything that we’ve seen before. My rights were violated. I was disrespected by deputies that have no tie, no knowledge, or any connection, or respect for this community.”
Brown spoke to multiple media outlets, mentioning she possessed video of the encounter, but has refused to release it.
During a March 2 Town Hall with Compton residents, Sheriff Villanueva described his office’s inability to fully investigate the matter due to lack of evidence.
Mayor Brown called into the Town Hall asking if his office can only investigate allegations if video was available.
“We sent a letter requesting the video back in September 2019, to your attention Mayor Brown,” said Villanueva.
Residents are disappointed it appears she used a personal encounter, to cause further divide between the city’s residents and their law enforcement provider, for what they believe was for personal gain.
“Aja hasn’t turned over the video while cashing that campaign contribution ALADS gave her,” said a resident who fears retaliation by cancelling their Compton Pledge Universal Basic Income payment. “She secured the bag and now she finna dip.”
Brown is not seeking re-election to a third term and leaves mayoral hopefuls, in the upcoming April election, to re-establish positive communication with the sheriff’s department.
Other callers expressed concern if the relations could be improved.
“I am here to support the mayor, council, and residents,” said Villanueva.