SHERIFF VILLANUEVA: I’m with everybody

Los Angeles County District Attorney recently affirmed what embattled LA City Councilmember Kevin de Leon accused him of when Gascon retorted, “Yes, I am with the Blacks.” T-Shirts are now popping up across LA. I have only one issue with Gascon’s virtue signaling – what about the rest of the community? As we near the election November 8th, I want to state very clearly – “I’m with everybody.”

I have dedicated my life to public service. In our military, our national guard, and with our sheriff’s department. My sworn duty was to serve you, each and every one of you. It is challenging to do this in a county as divided as Los Angeles. Especially when corrupt politicians draw wedges between us.

Public service is an ideal that has fallen into disregard. It is too simple to say, as Sheriff of L.A. County my job is to serve everyone. As a deputy I believed each Angeleno is coming from a different place. To serve them, I needed to understand their lives.

That’s why I get the Venice beach coffee shop owner concerned about the homeless living at the entrance to his life’s work. That’s why I get the African American senior walking in South Central praying the next generation stays out of gangs. That’s why I get the young Latina riding the bus home from school too afraid to close her eyes and rest.

This ideal of public service is at the heart of community policing. It was how I have believed in since the early 1990s when I volunteered for the first community patrol under then President Clinton’s COPS program. And it has been the ideal with which I ran for sheriff four years ago, and the reform agenda I have implemented as sheriff.

Our department needed reform. We reformed it. Body-worn cameras, ICE out of jails, taking action on deputy cliques, and hiring locally and promoting without bias. The Long Beach department also needed reform. Yet, Long Beach police remains a relic from a bygone era. In a city as diverse as Long Beach, they just promoted their first African American women into command staff. Shame on Robert Luna, his predecessors and city leadership – all of them!

There is more to the story of the Long Beach Police Department than mere numbers. Here are the seldom told stories L.A. voters need to hear about. You ask me, who am I with….

I am with the gay men who were targeted in sting operations by Robert Luna’s department. In 2016, a California judged rebuked the department for its discriminatory actions.

I am with Galen Ball, who was coming home from a prayer meeting. The police stopped him, beat him without mercy. The D.A. did not indict the officers. A civil court did years later award Galen’s family $650,000 for his suffering.

I am with Faustino Rodriguez. He was likely a drug dealer. But he still had rights. And the Long Beach police betrayed those rights with incompetently serving a search warrant. They shot him dead, apparently, through a closed door.

I am with Michael Colbert and all the African American officers of the Long Beach police who were humiliated by the old guard of white officers and commanders. Michael, as he neared retirement as a helicopter pilot, was reminded with “banana peels” and racist drawings that his decades of hard work was not appreciated.

And who was Robert Luna with?

● Luna never instituted written policies on the treatment of LGBTQ+ people.

● Luna was one of Galen Ball’s arresting officers. The records of Ball’s beating have been shredded.

● Luna was one of the officers who shot into a closed door, leaving Faustino Rodriguez dead. I reviewed the police reports myself. I felt sick to my stomach.

● And Luna, as deputy chief and as chief, has done nothing to take on anti-black hatred at the Long Beach Police Department.

As voters go to the polls on November 8th, they will hear and see the ads that the entire political establishment and corporate media is with my opponent. Virtually every Democratic State Senator and Assembly member, every Democratic County Supervisors, and City Councilmember along with nearly every Democratic Congress member, as well as tons of Labor and social justice non-profit middle class bureaucrats all stand with Luna. In short, the status quo AKA those that allowed crime to rise and drug addicts, rapists, arsonists and petty criminals to take away far too many parks, beaches, sidewalks, and contaminate the California dream. If the political elite and media are with Luna and Gascon, I can live with that. I’ll take the hard-working voters and residents of LA County on my side.

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Alex Villanueva is sheriff of Los Angeles County.

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Franky
Franky
1 month ago

What a shame about the young man Luna and his fellow officers killed!

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Nope

Unlikeable
Unlikeable
1 month ago

Even beyond his attributes this man is so disturbingly unlikable.

Reid Tucker
Reid Tucker
1 month ago

11 days til we vote him out. Trump-wannabe is out of here.

jim Herron
jim Herron
1 month ago

When Sheriff Villanueva , asked to comment on West Hollywood City Council’s original vote to move funds out of supporting sheriff;s deputies and augmenting the Ambassadors program , said: “If City Council chooses to play with the safety of it’s citizens, then, good luck on being reelected .” That, to me, says it all.
We need to keep in office, an elected official who is not afraid to tell it like it is…… and does not look to see which way the political wind is blowing, before commenting. And whose priority is public safety .

Timothy Flacy
Timothy Flacy
1 month ago

Why is this matter of concern at his for front of only his knowing giving only his opinion to this matter it needs to be brought to more than one persons opinion it states that he has cover and made sure that only his part matters why is this conversation even brought up to hear of his only doing in several departments only gives his opinion there’s far to many problems in the area he knows nothing about I don’t know of any problems in the community’s he’s mention so why has this conversation even brought up stick to one… Read more »

JF1
JF1
1 month ago

“My sworn duty was to serve you, each and every one of you. It is challenging to do this in a county as divided as Los Angeles. Especially when corrupt politicians draw wedges between us.”

This is exactly what our so called “leaders” are doing..dividing us. They are doing everything in their power to see that this man won’t get reelected because they can’t control him. He calls them out on their BS.

We need Villanueva.

Vote!

Last edited 1 month ago by JF1
Jon T. Oswell II
Jon T. Oswell II
1 month ago
Reply to  JF1

Sheriff Villanueva is the Only man for the job. He is The Sheriff, and will be our Sheriff still. A great man willing to take on the burden of LOs Angeles, God Bless him.

Way Too Critical
Way Too Critical
1 month ago

Great leader!! Great thinker!! Great speaker!!

JF1
JF1
1 month ago

Yes.

Art
Art
1 month ago

That’s a joke, right? Someone has to write these articles for him. He can’t string 10 coherent words together!

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