L.A. Sheriff Won’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate for Deputies

The leader of the nation’s largest county sheriff’s department says he will not enforce a requirement that deputies be vaccinated against COVID-19.

An executive order requiring all county employees to receive the vaccine by Oct. 1 was ratified unanimously by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in early August. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said last week that he’ll ignore the mandate.

Villanueva said the vaccine has been politicized. He then went on to issue a highly political statement himself. It dripped with resentment for the Board, which has sparred with him frequently over transparency and accountability issues.

In Los Angeles County we have a Board of Supervisors who repeatedly call to empty the jails and release felons back onto the streets; a District Attorney who refuses to prosecute many misdemeanors and has effectively de-criminalized a myriad of crimes through his special directives; a homeless problem in excess of 80K which continues to grow without solutions; a 54% increase in homicides; and all this occurred as LASD was defunded and stripped of 1,400 positions.

These reckless actions in the name of “woke-ism” have real-world consequences and public safety continues to suffer as a result. Continuing to defund LASD when there is a $2 billion surplus forces us to make tough choices regarding the allocation of resources. When a decision must be made between responding to a violent felony in progress or serving as the “vaccine mandate police,” the choice is simple.

The Department will continue requiring all of our employees to register with the Fulgent system but will only seek voluntary compliance and testing for the unvaccinated.

Just to re-cap: woke liberals and homeless people are the reason Villanueva won't require deputies to protect themselves against the leading killer of law enforcement.


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