The LA Sheriff's Dept called a news conference on Wednesday to again explain the shooting by deputies of Dijon Kizzee a black man who was on a bike. They showed a video of the incident but the crucial moments are obstructed. This is the third version that LASD has presented.
Much of the altercation is caught on video that the Sheriff’s Department provided Thursday. But parts of the struggle with deputies right before the shooting, including the moment that Wegener said Kizzee picked up the gun, are partially obstructed by a wall and difficult to make out. The new narrative conflicts in some ways with prior versions of events.
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n attorney for Kizzee’s family, Carl Douglas, said they were disturbed by the “unspoken messages and half-truths” by sheriff’s officials Thursday. He said witnesses stated Kizzee was “standing up, with nothing in his hands when the younger deputy fired his first three shots at him.”
“It was a media-driven sideshow, designed to deflect attention from the 19 shots two sheriff deputies fired at an unarmed man,” Douglas said of Thursday’s news conference. “Nineteen shots reflect poor training, and a failure to properly assess the need for deadly force. Nineteen shots reflect contagious fire, and a fundamental lack of humanity for another living soul. Nineteen shots reflect poorly trained killers who overreacted in assessing the need to use deadly force.”
Yesterday two members of the county board of supervisors called for the sheriff to resign. Joining them was Robert Bonner a member of the Sheriff's Oversight Commission.
Bonner is a former federal prosecutor, a former U.S. District Court judge and, under George H.W. Bush, led the Drug Enforcement Administration and was the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Villanueva is the only sheriff in the county’s recent history, Bonner said, “who has no effective relationship with the Board of Supervisors,” adding that Villanueva “has gone out of his way to alienate and even insult supervisors.”
He criticized Villanueva’s response to a recent ambush shooting of two deputies, saying it’s “not what one would expect from a mature law enforcement leader” and calling Villanueva’s baiting of Lakers star LeBron James to contribute to the reward to find the attacker “ridiculous.”
Bonner also said Villanueva had done little to enforce a policy he issued to prohibit deputy cliques within the department and had resisted providing information to county inspector general Max Huntsman — even indicating the department would be investigating Huntsman himself.
Commissioners Priscilla Ocen and Casimiro Tolentino said they supported Bonner’s statements, and Ocen asked that a newly established committee draft a resolution of no confidence in the sheriff. “I am very surprised to hear what is a very eloquent statement, and I agree with it,” Ocen said.
https://www.latimes.com/california/stor ... -to-resign
Since taking office in 2018, Villanueva has clashed repeatedly with civilian overseers and the Board of Supervisors, who have accused him of rehiring officials with tainted backgrounds and unraveling policing reforms instituted after a massive corruption scandal that brought criminal convictions against former Sheriff Lee Baca and other commanders.
The LA Times issued an editorial yesterday calling for the sheriff to resign.
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2 ... -oversight
Villanueva’s failure to cooperate is the best advertisement for even more muscular civilian oversight — for example, the power to impeach a sheriff, or to appoint (and remove) rather than elect him.
Failing that, Villanueva is fast becoming, we are sad to say, the best advertisement for the radical, unwise, yet (because of his performance) understandable desire expressed by many protesters: to defund and abolish law enforcement. Surely Villanueva won’t force Los Angeles County to consider that. Will he?
Newsom has AB 1185 on his desk to sign, it would give county boards more control over county sheriffs. He hasn't signed it yet and has until September 30th, he's probably getting a lot of push back from law enforcement.
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