LA County Sheriff

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/28/15 – 11:52 PM PDT |

While calling Los Angeles County “late to the party” when it comes to police oversight, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed the role of a new oversight commission for the Sheriff’s Department but took no action.

The supervisors heard a presentation from a working group that has met for the past six months on the new Civilian Oversight Commission.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who along with supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis supported the creation of the oversight board, said it has been “challenging” to get to this point and called L.A. County is “late” to the oversight party.

Two contentious issues yet to be resolved are the group’s recommendation that a ballot measure to amend the county charter be put to voters to give the oversight commission subpoena powers and the group’s recommendation that no former Sheriff’s Department personnel sit on the commission.

“My objective is to cause the commission to be effective, and my response and the way I ultimately decide on these matters is related to whether they service the effectiveness of the commission and if they honor what we fundamentally want, which is the restoration of public confidence, public trust,” Ridley-Thomas said.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who did not support the creation of the oversight commission, wanted to know if there would be drawbacks to amending the charter. He also questioned the group’s recommendation that no former LASD personnel sit on the commission.

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