Press Conference/Rally on Monday, February 7
Charter Amendment Would Create Impeachment Process for Sheriff and Strengthen Oversight
LOS ANGELES — On Monday, a coalition of more than 70 community organizations and labor unions will hold a press conference and rally to release a letter to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors urging that a charter amendment be placed on the ballot to create an impeachment process for the L.A. County Sheriff for serious misconduct.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has strenuously resisted oversight measures and shrouded the L.A. Sheriff’s Department in secrecy, even in the wake of numerous reports of civil rights violations, including use of excessive force, especially in Black and brown communities. Villanueva has also refused to take meaningful action to ban violent deputy gangs, and he has initiated politically-motivated investigations of oversight officials.
Copies of the coalition letter, as well as recent polling showing strong support for a charter amendment among voters, will be available at the press conference. Several family members of people killed due to deputy violence will be speaking, among others.
WHAT: Press conference and rally to release a letter urging the L.A. County Board of Supervisors put a charter amendment before voters calling for increased sheriff accountability and an impeachment process for the position.
WHO: Family members of six people killed due to deputy violence — John Horton, Dijon Kizzee, David Ordaz Jr., Paul Rea, Ryan Twyman, and Anthony Vargas — will speak at the event. Other speakers are representatives of the more than 70 community organizations and labor unions in the coalition. Those speakers will include members of Black Lives Matter-L.A., Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, and UNITE HERE Local 11.
WHEN: Monday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. PT
WHERE: Hall of Justice (front of building on Spring St. side), 211 W Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012