County Supervisors Grant Subpoena Power in Tussle With Sheriff’s Office

The power struggle between L.A. County officials and Sheriff Alex Villanueva continues. Now, in an effort to boost oversight of the department, the Board of Supervisors has voted to grant subpoena power to the Civilian Oversight Commission.

This month’s vote was unanimous. “It’s a good tool to have in the toolbox,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

That new tool means the Office of Inspector General can push the Sheriff’s Department to hand over records when necessary (the LASD can challenge any subpoena in court).

The Inspector General’s Office says it has tried unsuccessfully to obtain information about internal discipline, hiring, and an LASD gang scandal. Inspector General Max Huntsman said his requests for records have been repeatedly ignored.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times


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