Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spoke of investigating allegations of rogue deputies operating in the Compton Station and is now less eight deputies as a direct result.
It is being reported that two deputies were dismissed and six others transferred out of the embattled station where a deputy has alleged he became the target of an internal gang called the “Executioners”.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva addressed those concerns in a one-on-one interview with Spectrum News 1 and said he took those allegations extremely seriously and has already made changes.
“Right now in Compton we’ve relieved two deputies of duty and we’re transferring six deputies, and we’re still just at the starting phase of a very large investigation. And we’re going to take appropriate administrative action as we uncover evidence,” Villanueva said.
The sheriff said he has also initiated a policy that prohibits the formation of subgroups and cliques.
“We’re taking action on that new policy which is being implemented. And we’re holding our employees accountable to a higher standard than ever before. It should have been done by previous sheriffs but they all kicked the can down the road. Well I’m taking care of business the way it’s supposed to be,” Villanueva said.
The Sheriff added that he planned to hold an extensive debriefing on his actions surrounding claims of alleged internal gang activity this week to show the community what the department is doing.